The connection starts with a frequency of three roundtrips per week with arrival and departure from Sacconago (located in the municipality of Busto Arsizio) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The hub in Lazio is set in a strong industrial area, where several multinational companies have their divisions. The train carries both raw materials and (semi-)finished products, that leave from the Benelux via Sacconago – on a twice daily connection – to reach companies in Middle Italy directly via railway. Finished products are railed back to Lombardia and Northern Europe directly via the FNM hub, without using of any road transfer. A consistent part of the traffic is dedicated to local companies, that can benefit from this connection to reach supplying and distributing markets via intermodal transport. Thus contributing to a more sustainable environment, both in CO2 emissions savings as well as by decreasing pressure on the road network.
Train traction is operated by CFI and SBB Italia.
“We worked very hard to reach this goal – says Umberto Ruggerone, Administrator of Malpensa Intermodale,–– this is a railway solution almost completely arranged in terminal, without increasing road traffic. With the development of such connections between national terminals, Italy can benefit from the advantages of intermodality, which are already known in Europe: this is one of our goals, together with providing local companies with innovative logistic solutions”.
Luc Driessen, CEO of Move Intermodal states: “With the start up of this new connection we are able to seamlessly integrate the Middle and South of Italy into our synchromodal network. Companies in Italy as well as in the Benelux and German Rhein-Ruhr area will now benefit from intermodal door-to-door transport solutions via rail. All the way from Genk into Ferentino. Thus realizing significant CO2 reductions, which is more important than ever, given the recently published ‘Fit for 55’ package by the European Commission.”
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