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Deutsche Bahn reportedly eyeing Italian railway project

Germany’s national railway operator Deutsche Bahn is reportedly planning to enter the Italian passenger train service market.

Deutsche Bahn reportedly eyeing Italian railway project
Next stop Milan? Photo: DPA

According to conservative daily Die Welt, Deutsche Bahn is talking with newly founded train operator Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) set up by Fiat and Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.

“Montezemolo and his partners certainly have enough capital for such a big project. But they don’t have the know-how in the sector – but we do,” an unnamed Deutsche Bahn manager told the paper.

NTV board member Giuseppe Sciarrone reportedly told the paper they were willing to give a minority stake to a “industrial partner” from abroad.

“The majority and therefore the control will stay in Italian hands. But naturally we want to forge international alliances,” Sciarrone said. NTV wants to start service on the route Turin to Naples via Milan and Rome in 2011.

Deutsche Bahn, which is still planning to take part of the company public, wants to use some of the money from selling shares to expand abroad, according to Die Welt.

ACCIDENT

German tourists among 13 dead in Italy cable car accident

Thirteen people, including German tourists, have been killed after a cable car disconnected and fell near the summit of the Mottarone mountain near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.

German tourists among 13 dead in Italy cable car accident
The local emergency services published this photograph of the wreckage. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco

The accident was announced by Italy’s national fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, at 13.50 on Sunday, with the agency saying over Twitter that a helicopter from the nearby town of Varese was on the scene. 

Italy’s National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps confirmed that there were 13 victims and two seriously injured people.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported that German tourists were among the 13 victims.

According to their report, there were 15 passengers inside the car — which can hold 35 people — at the time a cable snapped, sending it tumbling into the forest below. Two seriously injured children, aged nine and five, were airlifted to hospital in Turin. 

The cable car takes tourists and locals from Stresa, a resort town on Lake Maggiore up to a panoramic peak on the Mottarone mountain, reaching some 1,500m above sea level. 

According to the newspaper, the car had been on its way from the lake to the mountain when the accident happened, with rescue operations complicated by the remote forest location where the car landed. 

The cable car had reopened on April 24th after the end of the second lockdown, and had undergone extensive renovations and refurbishments in 2016, which involved the cable undergoing magnetic particle inspection (MPI) to search for any defects. 

Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Twitter that he expressed his “condolences to the families of the victims, with special thoughts for the seriously injured children and their families”.

Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini told Italy’s Tg1 a commission of inquiry would be established, according to Corriere della Sera: “Our thoughts go out to those involved. The Ministry has initiated procedures to set up a commission and initiate checks on the controls carried out on the infrastructure.”

“Tomorrow morning I will be in Stresa on Lake Maggiore to meet the prefect and other authorities to decide what to do,” he said.

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