Mercitalia Fast: from October the goods will travel at high speed.(Mercitalia Polo – Italian FS Group)

New Mercitalia Polo freight service: fast, punctual, ecological.

Goods transported at high speed in a fast, punctual and ecological way: Mercitalia Fast is the new cargo all freight service of the Mercitalia Polo (Italian FS Group) carried out with an ETR 500 train and using the Italian AV / AC network.

The service will be operational from October 2018 on the Caserta – Bologna route and vice versa, from the Caserta Marcianise and Bologna Interporto terminals. Travel time is 3 hours 20 minutes at an average speed of 180 kilometers per hour, from origin to destination.

The new service and the operating results of the first year of activity of the Mercitalia Pole were illustrated today in Milan by Renato Mazzoncini , Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the FS Italiane Group, Ivan Soncini , President of Mercitalia Logistics and Marco Gosso , Chief Executive Officer of Mercitalia Logistics . Also present was Maurizio Maresca , member of the technical mission structure of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of FS Italiane said:

«In its first year of activity, the Polo Mercitalia has focused the economic and industrial results obtained, both in terms of investments made and as regards the objectives indicated in the 2017-2026 Business Plan. We have thus started the relaunch of the goods and logistics sector in Italy and abroad. The restructuring and reorganization of the Group’s industrial cargo and logistics industries  has generated lower operational superstructures and greater production efficiency. In the sector, then, we have planned 1.5 billion euros in ten years. In a year we have already activated investments for 500 million euros which, thanks to the strengthening of intermodality and the development of markets with high value added goods transport offers, will lead us to reach revenues of 2.1 billion in 2026 “.

Marco Gosso AD of Mercitalia Logistics commented:

“With the new Mercitalia Fast service we will use the High Speed ​​/ High Capacity network also for freight transport. Our goal is to offer a tailor-made service to customers who need to deliver goods quickly, reliably and on time. Today we are the only railway company that can guarantee this business. We will start next October with the Caserta – Bologna connection from the Caserta Marcianise and Bologna Interporto terminals. In the future we plan to extend the offer to other terminals in the main Italian cities touched by the AV / AC network: Turin, Novara, Milan, Brescia, Verona, Padua, Rome and Bari ».

The new Mercitalia Fast service is designed to transport time sensitive products, in short and defined times, for customers such as express couriers, logistics operators, producers, distributors and real estate developers, and can be tailor-made.

The goods will travel on board an ETR 500 (12 carriages for a transport capacity equivalent to 18 or two Boeing 747 Cargo airplanes) specially equipped for the transport of roll containers (70x80x180 1m3 / 220 kg), easy and quick to load, download and stow.

Thanks to Mercitalia Fast, the carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere compared to the road transport mode will be reduced by 80%.

Mazzoncini and Gosso also illustrated the operating results of the first year of activity of the Mercitalia Group , created in January 2017 by the grouping of the FS Italiane Group companies operating in the freight transport and logistics business.

In particular, the Mercitalia Pole is reaching the objectives indicated in the FS Italiane Group’s 2017-2026 Business Plan : already allocated investments amounting to 500 million euro out of a total of 1.5 billion planned investments in ten years and, for the first in the history of the Italian Railways freight business, positive cash flows for € 40 million were generated in 2017.

The investments, broken down after decades, and the activities started show the strong will of FS Italiane to relaunch the sector.From contracts for the supply of 125 new electric locomotives, 10 shunting locomotives and over 300 last generation wagons for combined and conventional transport, to agreements signed for the development of logistics in Italy and abroad.

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