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TEN-T Project: Upgraded Novara intermodal hub in Italy to be a reality thanks to EU co-financing

Brussels, 22 January 2014

The European Union will support with €2 million from the TEN-T Programme a project to expand part of the intermodal terminal in the northern Italian city of Novara. The project also contributes to the realisation of the “Railway axis Lyon/Genova-Basel-Duisburg-Rotterdam/Antwerpen” (TEN-T Priority Project 24).

The project, which was selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, is the first phase of a larger initiative aimed at upgrading the Novara Intermodal Terminal. The complex of terminals and the freight village (Interporto) in Novara will benefit from the rail traffic increase generated by the opening of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel.

The project involves the expansion of the capacity and the rail accessibility of the West terminal in order to remove the current technical bottlenecks hindering the development of intermodal traffic. This will be achieved via the installation of a 600 metre long track, revamping and increase of the intermodal yard and the installation of fixed equipment for transhipment.

Completion of the project will result in increased hourly handling capacity at the terminal, halved waiting time for trucks and a decrease by 40% of the turnaround time for inbound/outbound trains.
The project will be monitored by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and is set to be completed by December 2015.

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