Intermodal transport is a method of transporting goods using two or more modes of transport. In this way the transportation process is optimized according to various criteria – safety, speed, price, service, environmental friendliness and more.
Intermodal transport is a innovation, eliminating partly the trucks off the road, thus easing traffic and reducing harmful emissions. Including: carbon emissions, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbon oxides, energy consumption and atmospheric noises. Rail transport is considered to be the most ecological solution.
Inter Modal Terminal (IMT) Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian intermodal terminal, designed to handle intermodal loading units.
IMT Plovdiv provides the opportunity for fast and efficient combined transport of container freight by rail, and contributes to the reduction of traffic on the national road network as well as to the reduction of harmful emissions.
The terminal site serves for loading and unloading activities of containers, from wagon to truck and vice versa, with maneuvering of a mobile crane, and for temporary storage of intermodal terminal units. There are separate areas for temporary storage of containers, semi-trailers and trailers, refrigerated containers and damaged containers on the site.
The railway has a total length of 3 km, of which 2.4 km are electrified. It is made entirely of new materials. Three receiving and starting tracks and one loading and unloading track were built.
The terminal is equipped with the necessary communication links, video surveillance and security throughout the territory.