The European Union (EU) will invest €1 million in a project designed to transform Fontanarossa International Airport in Catania, Sicily, into an intermodal hub.
A preliminary study will develop plans for a €2 million complex that can act as a multi–modal interchange.
The €1 million in EU funding will come from the Trans–European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA).
The study will involve preparing detailed designs that will be needed to obtain all the necessary permits to build the large intermodal hub.
When built, the facility will connect Catania Airport to the local road network and to four main railway lines.
These include the high–speed railway line Catania-Palermo, the Messina-Catania-Syracuse railway line, and the urban rail link which connects the port to the Bicocca freight station and the Catania central station. The Circumetnea metro line will also be connected to the hub.
Once built, the hub will become the meeting point for the area’s major transport links and infrastructure, allowing for passengers and freight to quickly and easily transfer between air, rail and road.
The project, which is expected to cost a total of €2 million, started in September 2010 and is due to be completed by December 2012.