New daily intermodal rail connection opens Piadena as new gateway to Italy

Answering the high customer demand for smart and low-carbon transport, Lineas is launching another intermodal rail connection between Belgium and Italy. The new connection opens Piadena as a new gateway to Italy for intermodal trains and comes on top of the successful Ghent-Segrate connection that was launched a year ago. The daily intermodal train will run from the Interface Terminal in North Sea Port to the Pesanti terminal in Piadena (IT) and allow customers to shift another 15,000 containers from road to rail.

After its successful launch of the daily Ghent-Segrate intermodal train in 2021, the company is adding another intermodal connection from North Sea Port to Italy. 
The new line starts with five weekly roundtrips and the fill rate is currently at 80% filling up fast. Trains will carry cargo such as chemicals, steel, tiles, household goods, bulk, and powders in all types of containers. Lineas is the first operator to open the Pesanti terminal for intermodal volumes. With the Segrate terminal in high demand and close to saturation, Piadena (150km from Segrate) comes as a welcome second gateway to Italy. The terminal in Piadena is strategically located in the Milano, Verona and Bologna triangle, home to the tiles and steel industry. 

The Ghent-Piadena connection is another strong addition to the already high-quality rail portfolio that North Sea Port and Lineas have developed over the past years. With connections to Italy and Sweden, the partnership is currently keeping more than 30,000 return trips by truck off the road around the port and far into the European hinterland every year.