Biella San Paolo railway station

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Biella San Paolo
The passenger building.
The passenger building.
Location Piazza San Paolo
13900 Biella BI
Biella, Biella, Piedmont
Italy
Coordinates 45°33′26″N 08°04′02″E / 45.55722°N 8.06722°E / 45.55722; 8.06722Coordinates: 45°33′26″N 08°04′02″E / 45.55722°N 8.06722°E / 45.55722; 8.06722
Operated by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
Centostazioni
Line(s) Biella–Novara
Santhià–Biella
Distance 26.724 km (16.606 mi) from Santhià
50.766 km (31.545 mi) from Novara
Platforms 3
Tracks 4
Train operators Trenitalia
Connections
  • Urban (lines 1, 2, 4) and suburban (lines 18, 19, 20, 57) buses
Other information
Classification Silver
History
Opened 18 May 1939; 77 years ago (1939-05-18)
Location
Biella San Paolo is located in Northern Italy
Biella San Paolo
Biella San Paolo
Location within Northern Italy

Biella San Paolo railway station (Italian: Stazione di Biella San Paolo) is the main station serving the town and comune of Biella, in the Piedmont region, northwestern Italy. It is the junction of the Biella–Novara and Santhià–Biella railways.

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 Biella Chiavazza railway station, is in the district of Chiavazza, a short distance along the line towards Novara.

History[edit]

The station was opened along with the rest of the line from 18 May 1939, by the which inaugural convoy would descend Benito Mussolini, becoming however operation only since 20 July 1940[1] because of the need to complete several systems[2] and the absence of the rolling stock.[3]

The 23 February 1958 was inaugurated the variant of track between Candelo and Biella that allowed him to leave the station to Piazza Vittorio Veneto, opened in 1856 and railway terminus Samthià–Biella railway, considered to be exceeded. The day after the station Biella San Paolo was the terminus of the lines to Novara and Santhià.[4]

From 21 January 1961, in advance to the end of the concession to the "Società Ferrovia Biella-Novara (SFBN)" company, the management of the railway line passed to the state and the exercise of the stations was assumed by Ferrovie dello Stato.[5]

In the year 2000, the plant management passed to Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, which is classified in the category "Silver".[6]

Recently, the station has been affected by modernization works for the deployment of an ACEI train control system, the lengthening of station platforms, and the construction of a 40 metres (130 ft) railway bridge serving tracks 2-3-4. About €7 million was spent, jointly funded by RFI and the Region of Piedmont.

In September 2008, a local health unit analysis had revealed small amounts of asbestos, originating from Balangero in the 1970s, in some stones at the station, but this was though not to cause particular danger to the health of travelers and workers.

Features[edit]

Four tracks, three of which are equipped with platforms, pass through the station.

Passenger movements[edit]

The station has about 1.2 million passenger movements each year.[7]

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:

  • Regional services (Treno regionale) Santhià - Biella San Paolo
  • Regional services (Treno regionale) Biella San Paolo - Novara
Preceding station   Trenitalia   Following station
toward Santhià
Treno regionale Terminus
Terminus Treno regionale
toward Novara

Until 2013, the station was served by direct links, including:

In the past, the station was served daily express trains to Genoa. This service was suppressed 1° June 1986, for reduction of passengers.[8][9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luigi Ballatore, Storia delle ferrovie in Piemonte, Il Punto, Torino, 2002, pp 165-166. ISBN 978-88-88552-00-2.
  2. ^ FENIT 1946 1996, Roma, Ed. FENIT, 1996.
  3. ^ Nico Molino, 7 automotrici da Biella a Novara, in Italian: I Treni Oggi, n. 48, marzo 1985, pp. 18-24.
  4. ^ Francesco Ogliari, Franco Sapi, Scintille fra i monti. Storia dei trasporti italiani volume 9°. Piemonte-Valle d'Aosta, a cura degli autori, Milano, 1968, pp. 692-693
  5. ^ Ordine di Servizio n. 1 del 1961
  6. ^ "Stazioni del Piemonte" (in Italian). www.rfi.it. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Flussi Annui nelle 103 Stazioni" [Annual flows at the 103 stations]. Centostazioni website (in Italian). Centostazioni. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  8. ^ senato.it
  9. ^ camera.it

External links[edit]

Media related to Biella San Paolo railway station at Wikimedia Commons

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