Varese railway station

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Varese
Varese staz ferr esterno.jpg
Location
Address Piazzale Trieste
21100 Varese VA
Comune Varese
Province Varese
Region Lombardy
Country Italy
Coordinates 45°49′00″N 08°49′56″E / 45.81667°N 8.83222°E / 45.81667; 8.83222Coordinates: 45°49′00″N 08°49′56″E / 45.81667°N 8.83222°E / 45.81667; 8.83222
Line(s) Porto Ceresio–Milan railway
Distance 18.458 km (11.469 mi)
from Gallarate
Other information
Opened 26 September 1865 (1865-09-26)
Electrified October 14, 1901 (1901-10-14)
Platforms  ?
Manager Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
Centostazioni
Line operator(s) Trenord
Classification Gold
Connections
Sinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg Urban
Suburban
Location map
Varese railway station is located in Northern Italy
Varese railway station
Varese railway station (Northern Italy)

Varese railway station (Italian: Stazione di Varese) serves the town and comune of Varese, in the region of Lombardy, northern Italy. Opened in 1865, it is located on the Porto Ceresio–Milan railway.

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

Train services are operated by the lombard railway company Trenord.

Location[edit]

Varese railway station is situated at Piazzale Trieste, on the eastern edge of the city centre.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 26 September 1865, as end station of the line from Gallarate.[1] It remained a terminal station until 18 July 1894, when the section to Porto Ceresio was opened.[1]

Features[edit]

The station yard has five tracks equipped with platforms, two of which are reserved for terminating trains and Line S5 suburban services to and from Milan and Treviglio.

Until the early 1990s, there were active goods services along the lines to Varese, and the station had a goods yard. Since then, following the termination of goods services, that yard has been transformed, with the agreement of FS, into a car parking station.

In addition to the five tracks used for passenger service, there are some tracks near the station used to store rolling stock that is out of service. These tracks are also a base for rail vehicles used for local line maintenance.

Train movements[edit]

The station is the terminus of line S5 of the suburban rail service to Milan. It is also the terminus of Trenitalia regional trains for Milano Porta Garibaldi and Porto Ceresio on Lake Lugano, near the border with Switzerland.

As from 2013, Varese railway station will become international, upon the opening of the new Varese–Arcisate (I)–Stabio (CH)–Mendrisio railway, which will branch off at Arcisate from the Varese-Porto Ceresio line, and then enter Switzerland at Stabio. On the new line, regional trains will link Varese with Mendrisio, and there will also be direct trains between Malpensa Airport and Lugano.

Interchange[edit]

The station is located a few hundred metres (or yards) from Piazzale Fratelli Kennedy, which has a bus station for urban bus lines, and from the suburban bus stops at Varese Nord railway station, with which, according to a municipal project, it should be unified.

Unification of the two stations would no doubt be useful to facilitate interchange of passengers between trains of the two different railway companies serving the two stations. However, it would also be difficult to achieve, because the two stations, as well as being at a slight difference in altitude, are separated by a market square and the Piazzale Kennedy bus station.

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Varese railway station at Wikimedia Commons

Preceding station   Milan suburban railway service   Following station
Terminus Trenord/ATM
S5
toward Treviglio