Aosta railway station
|The passenger building.|
|Address||Piazza/Place Innocenzo Manzetti
|Distance||98.619 km (61.279 mi)
|Manager||Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
Aosta railway station (Italian: Stazione di Aosta; French: Gare d'Aoste) is the main station serving the city and comune of Aosta, in the autonomous region of Aosta Valley, northwestern Italy. Opened in 1886, it forms part of the Chivasso–Ivrea–Aosta railway, and is also a junction station for a branch line to nearby Pré-Saint-Didier, in the Valdigne, on the way towards Courmayeur.
The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). However, the commercial area of the passenger building is managed by Centostazioni. Train services to and from the station are operated by Trenitalia. Each of these companies is a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's state-owned rail company.
Aosta railway station is situated in the southern part of the city, a few hundred metres (yards) from the city centre.
The station has recently been renovated. It is composed of a single building with ticketing, waiting rooms, a cafe bar, a bistro restaurant and a tobacconist. A minor building, adjacent to the main one, is the headquarters of the railway police.
The station yard has eight tracks, of which five are dedicated to passenger trains, and faced by platforms equipped with steel canopies. Recently, Centrostazioni fitted the platforms and the subway to Via Paravera with illuminated signs indicating destinations and schedules.
There is no goods shed at the station. In recent years, the only goods traffic passing through the station has been consignments of slate, widely used for roofing in the Aosta Valley, and cargoes of waste, particularly of scrap metal, from Cogne Aciers spéciaux (CAS), a steelworks located near the station. The scrap metal was destined for foundries, and was transported several days a week by goods trains hauled by two D345 class diesel locomotives (one at each end of the train) or the new D242 class diesel locomotives.
Until 2001-2002, the station was managed in collaboration with military railway engineers (who were involved in the management of the Chivasso–Aosta railway).
Passenger and train movements
The station has about one million passenger movements each year. It is used mainly by students attending colleges in the Aosta Valley, by commuters and by tourists.
Piazza Innocent Manzetti, in front of the station, is the terminus for the majority of Aosta's urban bus lines.
Near the Piazza is the Georges Carrel parking station, and Aosta bus station, the terminus of the bus lines of the SAVDA company.
- History of rail transport in Italy
- List of railway stations in Aosta Valley
- Rail transport in Italy
- Railway stations in Italy
- "Flussi Annui nelle 103 Stazioni" [Annual flows at the 103 stations]. Centostazioni website. Centostazioni. Retrieved 4 December 2010. (Italian)
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- History and pictures of Aosta railway station (Italian)
- Valdostano Railway Museum Association website (French) (Italian)
- Les chemins de fer en Vallée d'Aoste (Tour of Mont Blanc by train) (French)