The leader of one of Italy’s ruling parties says a high-speed rail tunnel through the Alps is on track for completion but the project might be modified.

Matteo Salvini’s right-wing League party supports the Turin-Lyon High-Speed Train link. Salvini told Radio Radicale on Friday that the government’s goal is to finish building the tunnel, a key part of a European Union project linking southern Spain with eastern Europe.

League supporters, especially business owners in northern Italy, consider the train tunnel vital to staying competitive.

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, Italian Deputy Premier and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini visits the construction site of a high-speed railway project between Italy and France, in Chiomonte, near Turin, Italy. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, Italian Deputy Premier and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini visits the construction site of a high-speed railway project between Italy and France, in Chiomonte, near Turin, Italy. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP, File)

The League’s governing coalition partner, the 5-Star Movement, promised supporters before last year’s election it would stop the tunnel from being completed.

The project has been a source of government in-fighting. Salvini told Radio Radicale some features, such as a train station, could be eliminated.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, an engineer walks inside a Turin-Lyon high-speed rail tunnel (TAV) in Saint Martin La Porte, France. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)
FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, an engineer walks inside a Turin-Lyon high-speed rail tunnel (TAV) in Saint Martin La Porte, France. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)

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