PSA Italy to launch Genoa-Stuttgart ‘Express’ service in May
A new service, christened Stuttgart Express, will connect the port of Prà, part of the Ports of Genoa conglomerate, with the city in southwestern Germany. The first train will leave from Genoa on 4 May and the service will run twice a week.
More specifically, the convoys will depart from the Genova Prà Terminal, the Port of Genoa’s flagship container terminal, which is managed by international port operator PSA. The trains will arrive at the Kornwestheim hub in Stuttgart. The transit time to connect Genoa to Stuttgart with this new service is 23 hours. Trains will leave Italy on Mondays and Thursdays at 5 am, while from Stuttgart departures are scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 pm.
Increased capacity coming soon
Initially, the convoys will have a maximum length of 500 metres. However, the Port of Genoa and Italian infrastructure manager Rete Ferroviaria Italiana are planning an upgrade that would enable the handling of 750-metre trains. Moreover, capacity for this service is expected to increase once the Genoa Junction (Terzo Valico in Italian) will open in 2025.
The Genoa Junction Project will be a railway section that will connect Genoa, in Liguria, with Tortona, in Piedmont, both in northwestern Italy. The Pass will therefore connect the port of Genoa with the Po Valley and the rest of Northern Italy and thus Europe by being integrated into the TEN-T Rhine-Alpine corridor.
Not the first ‘Express’ service for PSA Italy
The Stuttgart Express is not the first service of this kind launched by PSA Italy. In 2018, the company started the Southern Express service, connecting Genoa with Basel, in Switzerland. This service has three weekly roundtrips. In March 2022, this connection was extended to Wolfurt, in western Austria.