New direct high-speed services will soon start running from the northern city of Turin to the southern tip of the country, state railway company Trenitalia and its rival Italo have both announced.
Italo announced on Wednesday that its high-speed trains would soon be providing a new direct link between Turin and Reggio Calabria in the south, starting from June 14th, Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported.
The next day, Trenitalia also announced its own high-speed trains would run on the same route, from June 3rd – coinciding with the planned date for resuming interregional travel across Italy.
The Italian government has said unrestricted travel between regions will once again be possible from this date, as well as between EU countries – though one government minister on Thursday warned that this will be decided region by region, depending on the risk of infection in each.
Trenitalia said it plans to double the number of trains in operation from early June, and will be providing all passengers with a “safety kit” including mask, hand sanitiser, gloves and disposable headrest. tarting in early June.
Most of Italy's high-speed services had been suspended under Italy's lockdown, as all non-urgent travel was banned. The current rules forbid non-essential travel between regions until at least June 2nd.