New logistics hub aims to boost regional economic growth

Ambitious plans for a logistics hub on the island of Sicily will promote clean urban transport and generate employment.

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The project foresees the creation of new regional transport infrastructure on the northern coast of Sicily. Located 70 km from Palermo airport, it will comprise a 60 525 sq. metre stocking yard, including a container area as well as parking and green space.

It also involves the reconstruction of a 5,676 sq. metre administrative centre, two railway tracks of 830 metre in length, plus sidings and marshalling yards.

Other features include four warehouses, several services buildings and construction of an underpass to link the various buildings on the site.

The new "Termini Imerese Logistics District" will be connected to the A19 and A20 motorways between Palermo, Messina and Catania.

Gearing up to meet transport targets

The programme is expected to have several benefits, including an increase in the volume of freight carried by various modes of transport to the region.

The work, which is expected to be completed by January 2017, will also contribute to meeting key regional targets, including TEN-T networks and corridors, as well as promoting clean urban transport.

Regional economic development is also expected to benefit, and there will be a significant boon for employment locally, with 250 jobs that are expected to be created during and after the work.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the "Logistic district of Termini Imerese" project is EUR 92 258 000, of which the EU´s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 47 899 000 from the Operational Programme "Sicily" for the 2007 to 2013 programming period under the priority axis "Transport networks and links."

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