Bergamo is a fast growing airport, however today, both airside and landside infrastructures are now at the edge of capacity. In particular, landside accessibility suffers from the lack of a last-mile infrastructure, now strongly congested.
Saving resources is the priority in the planning process, which includes financial, energy and environmental considerations. Greater efficiency in connections between different modes of transport can bring about great economic benefits and improve the quality of life in extended regions, where airports act as access ‘gates’ for long distance travel.
To offer users high level services, with minimal impact to the environment, it is necessary to match long-term vision with short-term actions. Objectives of the Masterplan is the harmonic development of surface accessibility, through the introduction of a dedicated railway link to the airport, thus increasing its catchment area and relieving access road congestion.
One Works was invited to conduct a feasibility to tackle these issues. The design of the intermodal node includes a railway station, a new vehicular access from the east side and new car parks, allowing the balanced distribution of the airport’s incoming and outgoing flows. The goal of the wider masterplan, co-financed by the European Commission, is to promote the intermodality of Bergamo Airport in view of the forecasted traffic growth, keeping sustainability as a key driver.