Venice, Italy (PortSEurope) February 12, 2018 – RFI (Rete Ferroviaria Italiana) and Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority) have agreed to establish a joint working group to identify in the next six months the actions necessary to upgrade port infrastructure, in relation to traffic growth already recorded and the further development expected, and the improvement of the their connections with the national railway network.
Goods passing through the port of Venice intercept two of the main European Corridors: the Mediterranean Corridor, which connects the Iberian peninsula on the western European border passing through the Italian Turin-Trieste backbone and the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor, which connects leading Italian ports with Venice, Austria, and the markets of northern Europe.
The number of tracks will be increased and the module upgraded to 750 metres, which will increase the share of freight traffic to and from the port of Venice, one of the main hubs of the European Core Corridor TEN-T network. They will be also evaluate required actions for the restoration of the railway link between the port of Chioggia and the national network. Subsequently, further new connections will be established between the port and national networks and the upgrading of the Venezia Mestre-Marghera Scalo hub.
Maurizio Gentile, RFI Chief Executive Officer, said, “This type of intervention is part of the broader development strategy of the entire logistic system of the country, which is committed to increasing freight transport by rail, through the upgrading of the national railway network, adoptation to international standards, the improvement of the connectivity of the ports with the other interchange infrastructures, international crossings and the corridor lines that are part of the TEN-T corridors”.
“Today’s agreement marks a milestone in the development of the port of Venice and of the our competitiveness at the service of the rich hinterland and the numerous reference markets. The railway connections of our port are in fact read for their usefulness not only in local key, but towards the whole national system and its manufacturing.
President of the Port System Authority of the Northern Adriatic, Pino Musolino, commented, “The railway demand of our port in the last year has indeed registered record numbers from 2016 (5,250 trains and 2.2 million tonnes equal to +25% in weight compared to 2015), confirming the growth also in 2017 (+4.3% in weight compared to 2016 and +2.3% number of trains compared to 2016). It should be remembered that some are already active today important railway services that make the Terminal Autostrade del Mare di Fusina totally intermodal and connect Greece via Venice with Northern Europe (Frankfurt and Rostock); the developments planned today with RFI will also allow us to contribute to the implementation of this important traffic sector which in 2017 has grown by the 43% and is expected to record a positive trend in the coming years”.
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