AirRail Italia 2015 - Conference Review

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AirRail Italia 2015 took place in Milan this year and provided an opportunity to learn about policy and developments in the Italian context. In the following section we report on the presentations made by various airport operators, as well as the infrastructure managers for both the regional and national rail networks.

It is important to recognise at the outset that, unlike the majority of the UK, rail infrastructure in Italy is managed by one of two bodies: the national company, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), holds responsibility for long distance and high speed lines; whereas local commuter lines are managed by regional bodies – in the case of Milan and Lombardia, by Trenord. As would be expected, the investment priorities and funding mechanisms of these groups differ.

Most presentations introduced the operator’s plan for improving rail access to airports to provide a convenient airrail link as well as provide enhanced accessibility to the wider region; the overarching theme was that of providing intermodality.

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