January 17, 2019 / 6:44 AM / 6 months ago

Italy PM says alternative project on high-speed train 'not on the table'

FILE PHOTO: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during his end-of-year news conference in Rome, Italy, December 28, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

MILAN (Reuters) - A cheaper alternative project for a high-speed rail link between Italy and France “is not on the table”, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in an interview published in the La Stampa newspaper on Thursday.

Italy’s government asked a commission to carry out a cost-benefit analysis to decide whether to complete the rail link, a project that has divided ruling parties in the country.

Conte said the government might evaluate an alternative project “as long as it is solid and doable”.

The prime minister also commented on Italy’s budget, saying that although global growth was not favorable, it was too early to talk about a budget correction.

Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari; editing by Darren Schuettler

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