Potenza Centrale railway station

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Potenza Centrale
Potenza Centrale station (OpenStreetMap).png
Station map showing also the nearby FAL stations of Potenza Inferiore and Potenza Inferiore Scalo
Location
Address Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi
85100 Potenza PZ
Comune Potenza
Province Potenza
Region Basilicata
Country Italy
Coordinates 40°37′46″N 15°48′23″E / 40.62944°N 15.80639°E / 40.62944; 15.80639Coordinates: 40°37′46″N 15°48′23″E / 40.62944°N 15.80639°E / 40.62944; 15.80639
Line(s) Battipaglia–Potenza–Metaponto
Potenza–Foggia
Distance 164.098 km (101.966 mi)
from Napoli Centrale
Other information
Opened 1 September 1880 (1880-09-01)
Platforms 3 (4 tracks)
Manager Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
Centostazioni
Line operator(s) Trenitalia
(Ferrovie Appulo Lucane - see text)
Classification Gold
Services
parking tickets pedestrian underpass cafeteria newsstand WC public transportation
Connections
Sinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg Urban
Suburban
Location map
Potenza Centrale railway station
Potenza Centrale railway station
Potenza Centrale railway station
Potenza Centrale railway station (Italy)

Potenza Centrale railway station (Italian: Stazione di Potenza Centrale), formerly known as Potenza Inferiore, is the main station serving the city and comune of Potenza, in the region of Basilicata, southern Italy. Opened in 1880, it forms part of the Battipaglia–Potenza–Metaponto railway and is also a junction of a branch line to Foggia.

Overview[edit]

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

Narrow gauge train services to the nearby station of "Potenza Inferiore" are operated by Ferrovie Appulo Lucane, a separate company. Another nearby station is "Potenza Inferiore Scalo". Both stations are operated by the local suburban railway.[1]

Location[edit]

Potenza Centrale railway station is situated in Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi, to the south of the city centre.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 1 September 1880, upon the inauguration of the Picerno–Potenza section of the Battipaglia–Potenza–Metaponto railway, a line linking it directly with Salerno and Taranto.

Until 10 December 2006, it was named Statione di Potenza Inferiore, as it is in the lower elevations of the city, adjacent to the Basento river.

Features[edit]

The passenger building is made up of three conjoined sections, each constructed of brick. The two single storey outer sections extend symmetrically from the two storey central section, which also has a raised facade. Inside the central section are the main entrance, lobby, ticket office and waiting room. The outer sections house other services, including a bar.

The station yard has three tracks with platforms for passenger services, and also many other tracks. The passenger building and platform 1 are connected with the other platforms by a pedestrian underpass. To the east, towards Metaponto, there is a small locomotive shed with refueling facilities. In the other direction, towards Battipaglia, there are several small buildings used for various technical purposes, and above them the concrete Musmeci viaduct, which provides road access to the city.

The station has recently been the subject of a redevelopment project under the Centostazioni program. It will shortly also undergo work on its connection with the bus routes in Via Nazario Sauro, through a line of escalators and underground passageways.

Train services[edit]

The station has about 950,000 passenger movements each year.[2]

Some of the trains that stop at the station provide long distance links with major cities such as Rome and Naples, and also with the region of Apulia. The more common regional trains link Potenza with closer destinations, including Salerno, Naples, Melfi, Foggia and Taranto.

Preceding station   Trenitalia   Following station
toward Roma Termini
InterCity
toward Taranto

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Italian) Potenza Suburban Railway on Potenza municipal website
  2. ^ "Flussi Annui nelle 103 Stazioni" [Annual flows at the 103 stations]. Centostazioni website. Centostazioni. Retrieved 4 December 2010.  (Italian)

External links[edit]

This article is based upon a translation of the Italian language version as at December 2010.