In September 2016 the new strategic, ten year plan was presented, and with it the central role that the FS Italiane Group seeks to have in the evolution of the mobility system. FS Italiane: from national rail company to international mobility company, through an integration process of the traditional businesses of rail transport with those of road transport and urban transport, in Italy and abroad.
Over the course of the year, a series of initiatives have already been launched which are aimed at reaching the goals of the plan, which follow five fundamental strategic foundations: integrated passenger and logistics mobility, strengthening and integrating rail and road infrastructure, international development and, as an enabling factor of the entire plan, the application of advanced, digital technology to meet the needs of our clients (digital & customer centricity).
Integrated mobility for passengers
In line with the strategic goals of the new Industrial Plan, the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group intends to no longer put itself forward as a rail operator but as an operator which can accompany travellers from their doorways up to their destination, and which can adapt to the various different needs of collective mobility.
Currently 80% of people get around using private vehicles, 15% use shared methods or public transport and just 5% use railway services. So as to rebalance the shift in methods between rail and road, the group has determined that it will renew 450 trains used for regional services and purchase 3000 buses.
«For a smart city, it is important to have a smart station. The infrastructures have to be more integrated in the city and be more eco-friendly, with good architectural design, robust materials and affordable systems. Standardisation and innovation should help”. […] If rail stations wish to continue to play new roles and become centre of human interaction, they need to continuously provide new services that consider the current and future needs of commuters. We also need to pay attention to small and medium stations, whose business model is more difficult. They are equally important for passengers and we shall not forget about them in this conference».
UIC CHAIRMAN, CEO AND DG OF FERROVIE DELLO STATO ITALIANE GROUP RENATO MAZZONCINI AT NEXTSTATION, THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RAILWAY STATIONS (MADRID, 19-21 OCTOBER 2017)
Integrated freight mobility
As in passenger mobility, road transport dominates in the movements of goods (around 82% of land-based goods transport).
To encourage change in that situation, the group has adopted two main actions:
- putting together the companies of the FS Italiane Group which operate in the goods transport and logistics business into Polo Mercitalia, so as to optimise services with consequent returns in terms of time and resources saved for clients, who will be able to talk to a single interlocutor;
- strengthening intermodality.