Pompeii works are on schedule, says Minister Franceschini

(AGI) Naples, Oct 1 - The Grand Pompeii Project to restore theUNESCO site will be completed on time, Italy's Minister ofCultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, DarioFranceschini, said on Thursday. "They're not falling behind atall and are on schedule," he stated outside the Estates Generalon sustainable tourism held at the National Railway Museum inPetrarsa. "If there are unfinished works we could drag on to2016, but at the moment we are fully complying with theschedule agreed on with the EU," he noted. Regarding theaccessibility of the archeological site, Franceschini said thata

(AGI) Naples, Oct 1 - The Grand Pompeii Project to restore theUNESCO site will be completed on time, Italy's Minister ofCultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, DarioFranceschini, said on Thursday. "They're not falling behind atall and are on schedule," he stated outside the Estates Generalon sustainable tourism held at the National Railway Museum inPetrarsa. "If there are unfinished works we could drag on to2016, but at the moment we are fully complying with theschedule agreed on with the EU," he noted. Regarding theaccessibility of the archeological site, Franceschini said thata meeting was held just over a week ago with the competentministries, the Campania region, and local municipalities. "Webegan working on the railway system in particular, discussingconnections with large ships and high-speed trains to Naples,and reached a solution that will constitute a huge stepforward: a railway hub for both the local Circumvesuviana lineand FS [Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, the government-ownedrailway company, ed.], with a station directly in front of themain entrance to Pompeii," he stated. The completion times, headded, will be "relatively brief", and reiterated that the "FShave been tasked to continue with the planning and thecontract.". .