Potenza Centrale railway station
|Address||Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi
85100 Potenza PZ
|Distance||164.098 km (101.966 mi)
from Napoli Centrale
|Opened||1 September 1880|
|Platforms||3 (4 tracks)|
|Manager||Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
(Ferrovie Appulo Lucane - see text)
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.
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.
Potenza Centrale railway station is situated in Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi, to the south of the city centre.
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.
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.
The station has about 950,000 passenger movements each year.
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
- Matera Centrale railway station
- History of rail transport in Italy
- Rail transport in Italy
- Railway stations in Italy
- List of railway stations in Basilicata
- "Flussi Annui nelle 103 Stazioni" [Annual flows at the 103 stations]. Centostazioni website. Centostazioni. Retrieved 4 December 2010. (Italian)
Media related to Potenza at Wikimedia Commons
This article is based upon a translation of the Italian language version as at December 2010.