Italy launches new north-south high speed train links

New direct high-speed services will soon start running from the northern city of Turin to the southern tip of the country, the Local reported. The services will be provided by state railway company Trenitalia and its rival Italo as well.

Italo announced on Wednesday that its high-speed trains would soon be directly linking Turin and Reggio Calabria in the south, starting from 14 June. The next day, Trenitalia also announced its own high-speed trains would run on the same route, from 3 June, 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 2 June.

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