Highways, roads, railways and stations, and extra-transport public works. Lazio looks to the future and launches 11 major infrastructural interventions (eight of which will be managed by a Commissioner) for over 11 billion euros of expenditure. “We are in a challenge that has two objectives: to defeat Covid and restart the economy and work” declared the president of the Lazio Region Nicola Zingaretti presenting the event “Lazio, future in progress”, a general framework on the interventions and investments planned in the region for the next seven years. Let’s see them below.
What interventions and what investments
From the expansion of the Lazio section of the Via Salaria (700 million), to the completion of the Orte-Civitavecchia motorway (472 million), the Cisterna-Valmontone link road (665 million), the Rome-Latina (2.1 billion), the strengthening of the section Lazio of the A24 and A25 (1 billion) and the continuation of the Civitavecchia-Livorno (300 million) to stay on the road axes, to then move on to the railway front with the strengthening of the Rome-Pescara (1.3 billion), the closure of ‘railway ring of Rome (547 million), the metro C of Rome (3.7 billion) and finally the upgrading of the Peschiera aqueduct (700 million) and the public safety network in the capital (200 million).
“Lazio, future in progress” was an opportunity to take stock of the situation by the President of the Region, Nicola Zingaretti, together with the President of the Regional Council, Mauro Buschini, the councilors for Budget and Public Works-Transport, respectively Alessandra Sartore and Mauro Alessandri, the managing director of Ferrovie dello Stato, Gianfranco Battisti, the president of the Port Authority of the central-northern Tyrrhenian Sea, Pino Musolino, the president of Unioncamere Lazio, Lorenzo Tagliavanti, the president of Unindustria, Angelo Camilli, and by the rector of the La Sapienza University of Rome, Antonella Polimeni.
The news for the railways
Among the works that the Region wants to put in place to relaunch (several of which financed by the latest simplification decree and some contained in the regional Recovery plan) also the 286 (400 million euros) contained in the 2020/21 plan of Astral ( including the via Nettunense Green, the roads connected to the Sabaudia rowing world championships and the infrastructures for the Ryder Cup in Rome in 2022) and the large plan of Ferrovie dello Stato worth 18 billion. In this sense, among the main innovations are the 88 station plan (10 of which are completed) for a total of 700 million, the doubling of the FL2 between Length and Guidonia (320 million), that of the FL3 from Cesano to Bracciano (500 million) , the Pigneto node in Rome (24 million) and the high-speed stop at Ferentino and Supino (80 million). Still on the subject of railways, the purchase of 38 new trains on the Rome-Viterbo and the Rome-Lido, 19 million euros for the maintenance of all the trains running on these two lines, interventions in the stations and for works are also contemplated. technologies, the upgrading of the Acqua Acetosa deposit and the new Ostia Lido deposit.
Among the main road works for the “Lazio of the future” we find the completion of the 4 lanes on via Tiburtina, the adjustment and bypass from Sutri on the via Cassia, the two-way traffic with Anas on the Rieti-Torano, the Monti state road Lepini, the Canepina-Vignanello-Vallerano connection with the Orte-Civitavecchia and the Fornaci-Nomentana and Prenestina Nuova-Length road connections. On the rail front, on the other hand, there will be the reactivation of the Civitavecchia-Capranica-Orte, the extension of the Rome Metro A to Anagnina, the new intermodal system of the city of Tivoli, the upgrades of the FL5 (Rome-Civitavecchia) of the FL8 (Rome-Latina) and the restoration of the Formia-Gaeta (so-called Littorina) and of the Priverno-Fossanova-Terracina.
Investments and jobs
The interventions for the expansion of the tangible and intangible infrastructures of Lazio in the next 5/7 years could lead from a minimum of 125 thousand to up to 270 thousand new jobs and an impact on regional GDP of hundreds of millions of euros. The data, told by the regional budget councilor, Alessandra Sartore, comes from an analysis conducted by the competent regional offices to have an estimate of the impact in public spending for the expansion of regional infrastructural endowments, alongside the port and digital ones rail and road. Through the use (for the first time) of the Irpet model (borrowed from Tuscany) and called BI-regional Input-Output (i.e. Lazio compared to the rest of Italy) “we have built – Sartore explained – two scenarios in five and seven years, keeping the project portfolio separate, for which the necessary financial funding is guaranteed, from the one whose realization is linked to the decisions that will be taken by the government and negotiated with the EU Commission with respect to the national plan for recovery and resilience “.
The first scenario is “in part already in implementation and exclusively concerns the road and rail networks. The hypotheses formulated for the estimation of the economic impact for the expansion of regional road infrastructures envisage a public investment, divided into constant annual installments, of 285 million for civil works and 95 million for machinery and rentals – Sartore detailed – the results, with the assumptions given, indicate that the annual GDP generated would increase by 248 million in the regional territory and 63.4 million in the rest of Italy. The annual added value is estimated at around 200 million in the regional territory and 62 million as added value activated in the rest of Italy. Annual public investment in state infrastructure would support a labor demand of 3600 work units per year. “
Turning to regional railways, it is expected “a public investment in constant annual installments of 1.036 billion for civil works, of which 680 million for armament and the same amount for equipment. The results relating to the expansion of the railway equipment indicate that the annual GDP generated would be 1.390 billion in the regional territory and 590 million in the rest of Italy. The annual added value was estimated at 1.205 billion in the regional territory and 578 million as added value activated in the outcome of Italy. The investment in railway infrastructures is capable of supporting a demand for work of over 21 thousand units per year “.
As for the seven-year scenario “derived from interventions planned in the document guidelines 21/27 and of the Next Generation Lazio, concerns road, railway, port and digital networks. The interventions and the related funding will complement those considered in the first scenario, in part would derive from the attributions of the PNRR and partly from the development and cohesion fund 21/27 – Sartore continued – on this scenario we have studied the direct and indirect economic impact of an expansion of the port and digital network. The assumptions made for estimating the economic impact deriving from the expansion of regional port infrastructures, envisage an investment in constant annual quotas of 141 million for civil works, 5 million for the purchase of machinery, 5 million for the purchase of equipment and 5 million for the rental of machinery. The annual GDP generated would be 148 million in the regional territory and 61 million in the rest of Italy. The annual added value has been estimated at 118 million in the area generated and that activated in the rest of Italy would be approximately 60 million. The annual investment in port infrastructure would be able to support 2,200 work units per year “.
For the regional digital network “we have foreseen a constant annual investment expenditure of 129 million for civil works, 7 million for the purchase of equipment and 7 million for the rental of machinery. The expansion of the digital network, mainly attributable to the item ‘civil works’, indicates that the annual GDP generated would be 104 million in the regional territory and 18 million in the rest of Italy. The annual added value activated was estimated at 88 million for the regional territory and almost 18 million for the rest of Italy. annual public investment would be able to support 1,600 annual work units “.
The second scenario is also part of “the hypothesis of an additional financial allocation for the completion of the railway road network. It is sufficient – added Sartore – recall the evidence of a further employment boost that would be guaranteed by the additional interventions that can be quantified in 10 thousand work units per year, 4,700 for road works, 5,300 for railway works for a period of seven years. In the third quarter of 2020 there were 287 thousand people looking for work in Lazio, according to the latest Istat data, 74 thousand more than in 2019 and these data can get worse if we do not intervene “.
In conclusion, “According to these analyzes, the infrastructural interventions already planned in Lazio guarantee almost 25 thousand full-time jobs per year for a period of 5 years, only with reference to the construction phase only and without considering the multiplicative effect on the competitiveness of the regional system for the long term – concluded Sartore – the possibility of increasing the loan portfolio with the European negotiation on Recovery and the national negotiation on the new cycle of the Development and Cohesion Fund, would raise employment opportunities to involve a total of 38,400 full-time work units per year for seven years “.
(source Dire Agency)