Lucca railway station
Lucca's passenger building
55100 Lucca LU
Lucca, Lucca, Tuscany
|Operated by||Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
|Distance||43.750 km (27.185 mi) from Firenze Santa Maria Novella|
|Opened||29 September 1846|
Lucca railway station (Italian: Stazione di Lucca) serving the city and comune of Lucca, in the region of Tuscany, central Italy. Opened in 1846, it forms part of the Viareggio–Florence railway, and is also the junction for lines to Pisa and to Aulla. All of these lines are only served by regional trains.
The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). However, the commercial area of the passenger building is managed by Centostazioni. Train services to and from the station are operated by Trenitalia. Each of these companies is a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's state-owned rail company.
Lucca railway station is situated at Piazza Ricasoli, on the southern edge of the city centre.
The passenger building was designed by the engineer Enrico Pohlmeyer and the architect Vincenzo Pardini, who created the elevations. It was inaugurated on 29 September 1846.
The elegant and refined façade includes a double row of arches that lightens the structure. Although it has undergone some changes over the years, these have not diminished the original nineteenth-century building.
Inside the passenger building are a bar, toilets, an office for the rail police, a ticket office and, in front of the building, parking and a stop for taxis and buses.
The station yard has six tracks, including five loops used for passenger service, and three sidings.
Track 1 has a platform for trains to and from Media Valle del Serchio, Garfagnana and Lunigiana. Track 2 is for passing goods trains. The passenger trains stopping at the platform facing track 3 are from Florence and heading towards Viareggio. The platform facing track 4 is for trains from Viareggio towards Florence. Tracks 5 and 6 are used by trains heading to the hill towns, to Pisa and to Florence.
Siding tracks 1 and 2 west are used as the terminus of the lines to Pisa and Viareggio. Siding track 3 east is the terminus of the line to Florence.
Passenger and train movements
Passenger traffic is very heavy at all hours of the day, especially in the morning and evening, when the station is crowded with commuters. In summer, the station is often the focal point of the entire province of Lucca for tourists and people heading to Viareggio.
All trains passing through the station are bound for various regional destinations, of which the most important are Florence, Aulla, Viareggio and Pisa. The station also has one train a day for Livorno, and a daily bus to Pisa Aeroporto.
- History of rail transport in Italy
- List of railway stations in Tuscany
- Rail transport in Italy
- Railway stations in Italy
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This article is based upon a translation of the Italian language version as at December 2011.