Chiasso gets a new terminal for Swiss regional network

Image: SBB Cargo

A new logistics terminal has been opened at the marshaling yard in Chiasso, a Swiss city on the border with Italy. The terminal is expected to facilitate the transfer of goods from road to rail in the context of the Swiss regional network. The Swiss Federal Office of Transport (FOT) invested roughly ten million euros for the construction of the terminal.

The terminal in Chiasso will replace the two facilities in Stabio and Mendrisio, always in southern Switzerland, sacrificed to make room for the Mendrisio-Varese railway line. A spokesperson from SBB was quoted by laRegione saying that companies are already making inquiries about the new terminal.

However, more specifics could not be provided for privacy reasons. Further developments of the terminal are connected to the future of the New Railway Link through the Alps (NRLA) towards the south, namely the Gotthard base tunnel.

A long-awaited terminal

The project for a terminal in Chiasso was first drafted in 1988 but was not published until 2002. After that, the project ended up in oblivion for over a decade. It was picked up by the then-CEO of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) in 2017 and construction began in 2018.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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