New Italian rail freight service Giovinazzo-Verona
A new rail freight service between the south Italian city of Giovinazzo and Verona in the north has become operative. The service offers six trains per week (three in each direction), with an expected increase in frequency in the following years.
The railway service will be operated by railway company Interporto Service Cargo (ISC), subsidiary of Interporto Campano, and logistics platform Lugo Terminal. Apart from Giovinazzo, it will connect to other ports in the region of Puglia.
Domestically, Interporto Campano is an active player, with rail freight services among Milan, Verona, Pomezia and Interporto di Nola. It is dominantly a freight company, allocating ninety per cent of its capacity to the transport of cargo. Interporto Campano has a fleet of 44 trains and six locomotives and plans to acquire two more locomotives next year to cover the new operations.
Lugo Terminal currently offers rail services from Verona to Leipzig (Germany) and Villach (Austria), responding to the growing demand of rail freight services in the Italian Adriatic area. The Italian government aims to increase rail freight services between the north and the south of the country by fifty per cent, in an effort to offer an alternative to the traditional transport of freight per road on this corridor.