Matteo Salvini has revived an ancient (and controversial) dream of building a massive multi-billion euro bridge to link Sicily to the Italian mainland mere days after being made infrastructure minister.
This plan could see travellers being able to drive from Sicily straight to Italy and beyond. For us Maltese, that would be just one Catamaran trip and then it’s all road-trip from there.
Salvini, who is the leader of the League, a junior partner in a far-right coalition, told state broadcaster Rai that he put in motion this long-discussed plan of linking Messina to Reggio Calabria.
The project had been repeatedly rejected by previous governments due to high costs, engineering impracticality and environmental impact. Salvini said that the creation of the bridge would create over 100,000 new jobs.
He also claimed that transshipment of ferries, as well as pollution and waste of time, costs people more in a year than it would cost to build the bridge.
The area of Messina however is the site of a massive fault on the seabed, which had caused a massive earthquake that killed 120,000 people in 1908. This was the greatest seismic disaster of the 20th century.