From 10 January the A line of the underground, which runs from Agnanina to the south east of the city through the centre and on to Battistini beyond the Vatican to the north west, will close every evening at 21.00, for the next three years, to permit modernisation of the line. Shuttle buses will be available covering the route but journey times are expected to be much longer for the estimated 40,000 people who use the A line every evening between 21.00 and closing time at 23.30.

On 12 January there will be an inaugural journey of the first of 33 new trains on the A line underground railway. One or two new trains will be introduced every month until August 2006.