Works for the new parking and handling area for semi-trailers on trains awarded

6 September 2021

Interporto Padua, continues at full speed with the implementation of the Convention with MIMS (Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility) signed last November, which provides for various infrastructural interventions for a total value of 10.5 million euros, of which 4.5 are financed by the Ministry itself, within the framework of the resources made available by the Government for the completion of the national network of freight villages

In recent days, a tender was awarded for the construction of a yard for the parking, handling and storage of semi-trailers to be loaded onto the special railway wagons of intermodal trains. Already today, two complete trains each depart (and arrive) daily from Interporto Padua with a load of about 30 semi-trailers connecting Padua and the companies of the North East to Germany (Cologne produced by Mercitalia Intermodal) and Holland (Geleen produced by Hupac) ). With the new area that will be built next to the Great Terminal’s track bundle, Interporto Padua will be able to load and unload the semi-trailers with one of the electric gantry cranes, thus doubling the handling capacity of the semi-trailers themselves, for which the demand for intermodal transport is constantly and continuously growing. The works, which essentially consist in paving the area of approximately 30,000 square metres (including the necessary underground utilities), were awarded to ICS srl – Impresa Conglomerati Strade di Limena (Padua) and will require an investment of approximately EUR 3.7 million (against a tender base of approximately EUR 4.1 million. The tender, which was launched through a negotiated procedure pursuant to Art. 63 of Legislative Decree no. 50/2016, was attended by 22 of the companies in the Interporto Padua suppliers’ list in possession of the necessary qualifications. The works have an expected duration of 9 months, so the area will be operational in spring next year.

The president of Interporto Padua Franco Pasqualetti emphasises: “With this intervention, which we are carrying out in a very short time, we are significantly enhancing our intermodal – and therefore inherently sustainable – transport offer in a segment, that of semi-trailers, in which we are recording a constant growth in demand. I would like to thank MIMS, which by awarding us this significant non-repayable loan last November, confirms the validity of our development projects, and allows us to respond to a request, that of being able to move more semi-trailers for central and northern Europe, at the service of manufacturing companies in Padua and the north-east of Italy, which have an important part of their exports in these markets. In this way, Interporto Padua confirms its dual role of supporting the economy and companies and promoting ecological and sustainable modes of transport, which we greatly need”.