Trams in Naples
|Naples tramway network|
|A Sirio tram in Naples.|
|Locale||Naples, Campania, Italy|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Electrification||600 V DC|
|Route length||11.8 km (7.3 mi)|
The Naples tramway network (Italian: Rete tranviaria di Napoli) is located within the city and comune of Naples, in the region of Campania, southern Italy. In operation since 1875, the network has waxed and waned in size and vitality over the years, and is now growing once again. It is now 11.8 km (7.3 mi) long, and comprises three routes, known as lines 1, 2 and 4.
The first tramways in Naples were horsecar lines, opened in 1875.
In 1929, the city of Naples rescued various lines, rolling stock and infrastructure from several concessionaires, before merging them all into the Azienda Tranviaria Comunale Napoli (English: Naples Municipal Tramway) (ACTN), which had been established in 1918.
In December 1930, the management of the network was entrusted to the Ente Autonomo Volturno (EAV), a local public sector producer of electricity. In 1937, the EAV became the concessionaire of the service, but due to various difficulties the city council resumed direct management from 1 January 1941, at the request of the concessionaire.
In 1947, the Azienda Tranvie Autofilovie Napoli (English: Tramway Trolleybus Company of Naples) (ATAN) was established to take over the management of tram services. As in other Italian cities, the tramway network underwent a drastic reduction between 1952 and 1954 in favour of trolleybus lines, and motor vehicles.
Attempts in the late twentieth century to revive what was left of the network, such as the Linea Tranviaria Rapida designed for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, did not lead to any results. Instead, the network suffered further cuts (1998: Piazzale Tecchio–Bagnoli; 2000: Piazza Vittoria–Piazzale Tecchio).
A rebuilding program has been launched. The program includes the reconstruction of some infrastructure, and renewal of the tram fleet.
The Naples tramway network is 11.8 km (7 mi) long, and comprises the following routes:
- 1 Via Stadera - Port (Via Cristoforo Colombo)
- 2 Emiciclo di Poggioreale - San Giovanni a Teduccio (ANM depot)
- 4 San Giovanni a Teduccio (ANM depot) - Port (Via Cristoforo Colombo)
Due to further work on the construction of Municipio metro station, the movement of trams into Piazza Vittoria is temporarily suspended.
To work around this problem, the city considered building a temporary terminus, which would have been located in Via Cristoforo Colombo. If that terminus had been built, it would have given access to some abandoned tram lines.
A new extension is under construction along Via Stadera (formerly line 31). The extension work was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009 or early 2010, but has been delayed.
The General Plan of Urban Traffic proposes the construction of new tram lines to the district of Ponticelli, and along Via S.Alfonso Maria dei Liguori as far as Piazza Carlo III, the restoration of the connection to Mergellina, and a new line, built to light rail specifications, from Piscinola to Villaricca, on the trail of the former Ferrovia Alifana.
If work on all of these projects were completed, the network would be formed by the following lines:
- 1 Emiciclo di Poggioreale–Piazza Sannazaro
- 2 Via Stadera–San Giovanni a Teduccio
- 2/ Emiciclo di Poggioreale–San Giovanni a Teduccio
- 4 San Giovanni a Teduccio (ANM depot)–Piazza Vittoria
- Branch to Piazza Carlo III
- Line to Ponticelli
- Piscinola–Villaricca line
Of the five depots used by the full network, only one remains active, namely the San Giovanni depot, in the eastern Naples suburb of San Giovanni a Teduccio.
- Brignole, Claudio; Schwandl, Robert (2010). Metros in Italien / Metros in Italy. Berlin: Robert Schwandl Verlag. ISBN 978-3-936573-22-0. (German) (English)
Media related to Trams in Naples at Wikimedia Commons
- Images of the Naples tramway network, at photorail.com
- Images of the Naples tramway network, at railfaneurope.net
This article is based upon a translation of the Italian language version as at March 2011.