The inauguration of the new high-speed train (TAV) from Rome to Naples scheduled on 21 December was postponed following the rail crash on 20 December near Frosinone on the Rome-Cassino line which injured 59 people, 11 of whom seriously. The new tracks for the TAV run close to the Rome-Cassino line.

The highly controversial TAV will cut 20 minutes off the present 1 hr 45 minute journey between Rome and Naples and when the whole line is completed in 2008 travel-time between the two destinations will be down to I hr. Construction on the high-speed system first started in 1994 but has been in trouble ever since.