Italy: three regions invest EUR 18 billion in intermodal transport

Piemonte, Liguria and Lombardy have signed an agreement with the national rail infrastructure manager, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) to boost intermodal transport in the north-west of Italy.

Under the agreement, EUR 18 billion will be invested in the development of rail freight transport to operate longer, 750-m, trains, but also to develop the connectivity of hubs to enable the transfer of higher freight volumes between road, rail and maritime transport networks in the three regions of North-Western Italy.

“The agreement is very important to improve the competitiveness of Liguria region. The regional administration of Liguria plans to develop rail connections inside the macro-region in North-Western Italy”, said Edoardo Rixi, Councillor for Economic, Logistics and Port Development in Liguria.

“The coordination with Rete Ferroviaria Italiana is essential to reach this objective of combining the balance of freight and passenger rail traffic development in the north of Italy”, pointed out Alessandro Sorte, Councillor for Infrastructure and Transport in Lombardy.

“Among most important works for Piemonte region is the development of a rail freight transport link between the transport networks of Novara, Rivalta and Orbassano with the Italian Mediterranean Corridor and the Alps Region”, added Francesco Balocco, Councillor for Transport in Piemonte region.

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