Novara railway station

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Novara
Novara-Stazione FS-DSCF0912.JPG
Main entrance to the passenger building.
Location
Address Piazza Garibaldi
28100 Novara NO
Comune Novara
Province Novara
Region Piedmont
Country Italy
Coordinates 45°27′03″N 08°37′31″E / 45.45083°N 8.62528°E / 45.45083; 8.62528Coordinates: 45°27′03″N 08°37′31″E / 45.45083°N 8.62528°E / 45.45083; 8.62528
Line(s) Turin–Milan
Arona–Novara
Novara–Alessandria
Biella–Novara
Varallo–Novara
Novara–Gozzano–Domodossola
Distance 98.940 km (61.478 mi) from Torino Porta Nuova
Other information
Opened 3 July 1854 (1854-07-03)
Platforms 13
Manager Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
Centostazioni
Line operator(s) Trenitalia, Trenord, SNCF
Classification Gold
Services
parking tickets pedestrian underpass cafeteria newsstand WC public transportation
Connections
Sinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg Regional
Interurban
Milan Malpensa Airport
Location map
Novara railway station is located in Northern Italy
Novara railway station
Novara railway station (Northern Italy)

Novara railway station (Italian: Stazione di Novara) is the main station serving the city and comune of Novara, in the Piedmont region, northwestern Italy. Opened in 1854, it forms part of the Turin–Milan and is origin of the lines to Arona, to Alessandria, to Biella, Varallo, Domodossola and Luino, respectively.

The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). However, the commercial area of the passenger building is managed by Centostazioni. Train services are operated by Trenitalia. Each of these companies is a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's state-owned rail company.

A second station, the Novara Nord railway station, is located a short distance away, and serves as the terminus of the Saronno–Novara railway, which is owned by FNM SpA. That line is managed by FERROVIENORD, and train services on it are operated by LeNORD, each of those companies being a member of the FNM group.

Location[edit]

Novara railway station is situated at Piazza Garibaldi, at the northeastern edge of the city centre.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 3 July 1854, upon the opening of the Novara–-Mortara portion of the Arona–Alessandria railway.[1]

Features[edit]

The passenger station is equipped with fifteen tracks and passing loops, of which thirteen (10 platform and three loops, and 2 north and 1 south) are numbered for passenger service. Track 1 and the tracks of the first three platforms (2-3, 4-4A-5, and 6-6A-6B-7) are served directly from the subway and have a roof, though not for its entire length. The last three tracks are accessible from the platform of the tracks 6 and 7 with a track level crossing. Tracks 3 and 4 serve the Turin–Milan railway, while other tracks are mostly used by trains on the other, terminating, lines.

The goods yard is distinctly separated from the passenger station and is linked to the incoming lines by two lines connected in a triangle, starting from one end of the passenger station. This allows the goods yard to receive goods trains without having to occupy sections of line reserved for passenger services. At the end of the goods yard is the Centro Intermodale Merci (CIM), built at the turn of the twenty-first century, while along the track north of the triangle is the new Novara Nord railway station. Finally, the goods yard is linked with the Treno Alta Velocità (TAV) by a couple of tracks that are bypassed by the FNM line to Novara Nord.

Passenger and train movements[edit]

The station has about 9.4 million passenger movements each year, making it the seventh busiest Centostazioni station in terms of passenger movements.[2] There are about 350 trains per day, including any Trenitalia train replacement buses.

Trains stopping at Novara include EuroCity, Eurostar Italia, EuroNight and regional trains, along with line S6 on the Milan suburban rail service. The most important domestic destinations of these trains are Turin, Milan and Venice, but passengers also depart for and arrive from other domestic destinations, such as Genoa, Biella and Vercelli. The main international links are with Paris and Barcelona.

Many of the station's passenger movements are arrivals from neighboring cities, with a large presence of students in the morning. However, the predominant component is commuter traffic to Milan, and, to a lesser extent, Turin. This traffic leads to overflowing commuter trains, even though each of them is made up of twelve carriages. Combined with the many and repeated delays, the uncomfortable travelling conditions have led to numerous protest actions, with resonance at the national level.

Goods traffic, which is also significant, is characterized by the presence of the CIM and a related rolling highway to northern Europe. Even the passage of goods trains in transit is not negligible.

Services[edit]

Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
toward Paris-Lyon
TGV
Terminus

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Novara railway station at Wikimedia Commons

Preceding station   Milan suburban railway service   Following station
Terminus Trenord
S6
toward Treviglio