Torino Porta Nuova railway station

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Torino Porta Nuova
IMG 7160 - Torino - Stazione Porta Nuova - Foto Giovanni Dall'Orto 18-Mar-2007.jpg
View of the station building.
Location Italy
Coordinates 45°03′45″N 7°40′44″E / 45.06250°N 7.67889°E / 45.06250; 7.67889Coordinates: 45°03′45″N 7°40′44″E / 45.06250°N 7.67889°E / 45.06250; 7.67889
Owned by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
Operated by Grandi Stazioni
Line(s) Turin–Milan (high speed)
Turin–Milan (traditional)
Turin–Genoa
Turin–Modane, France
Turin–Torre Pellice
Turin Metro Line M1
Platforms 20
History
Opened 1861 (1861)
Location
Torino Porta Nuova is located in Turin
Torino Porta Nuova
Torino Porta Nuova
Location of railway station in Turin

Torino Porta Nuova railway station (IATA: TPY) is the main railway station of Turin. It is the third busiest station in Italy for passenger flow after Rome Termini and Milan Central, with about 192,000 journeys per day and 70 million travellers a year and a total of about 350 trains per day.[1] Porta Nuova is a terminal station, with trains arriving perpendicularly to the facade. The station is located in corso Vittorio Emanuele II, right in front of piazza Carlo Felice (in the South side of the city centre).

Trains between Turin and Milan start or finish at the station, including services using the Turin–Milan high-speed line. A subway station, which is part of Turin Subway (Metropolitana di Torino) line 1, has been recently built under the station building.

History[edit]

Construction of the station began in 1861 under the direction of Alessandro Mazzucchetti. The original structure included a clear distinction between the departure area (near Via Nizza) and the arrival area (near Via Sacchi). The departure area consisted of a large saloon, decorated with columns, stucco work and frescoes depicting the crests of 135 Italian cities showing their distance in kilometers from Turin. This building housed the ticket office, three waiting rooms (one for each of the three classes of railway travel), the Royal Hall and a cafe restaurant.

The station was inaugurated on 4 February 2009, but was first opened to the public in December 1864 - although the work was completed in 1868 - without an official opening ceremony, partly because the capital of Italy had just been moved from Turin to Florence.[2] The name Porta Nuova ("New Gate" in English) refers to an old city gate once standing nearby, right along the South side of the old city walls, at the bottom of present-day via Roma (once called via Nuova): after the walls were torn down at the beginning of the XIX century, the gates themselves got demolished - a singular exception was Porta Palatina - but their old names kept being used as local place names (other examples are Porta Susa and Porta Palazzo).

Enzo Ferrari attended "Bar del Nord" in Porta Nuova, where he met those connected with automobiles and racing when he was working in Turin as a young man, circa 1918–1919.

A station of the Turin Metro (Metropolitana di Torino) opened under the main station on 5 October 2007.

Upgrading[edit]

The station has been included in the program of upgrading of the main Italian stations, by Grandi Stazioni, a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato. In the first stage of regeneration completed on 4 February 2009, 44,146 square metres of the 92,747 square meter area of the station buildings was redeveloped. The areas allocated to services for passengers, dining, shopping, culture and leisure was increased considerably.

Structure[edit]

The station is built on several levels. An underground level is occupied by local divisions of FS and businesses. The platforms are on the ground floor, along with passenger lounges and associated services for passengers and commercial activities. On the upper floors are offices and a post office.

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:

  • High speed services (Frecciarossa) Turin – Milan – Bologna – Florence – Rome
  • High speed services (Frecciarossa) Turin – Milan – Bologna – Reggio Emilia – Florence – Rome – Naples – Salerno
  • High speed services (Italo) Turin - Milan - Bologna - Reggio Emilia - Florence - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • High speed services (Frecciabianca) Turin - Milan - Brescia - Verona - Vicenza - Padua - Venice - Trieste
  • High speed services (Frecciabianca) Turin - Parma - Bologna - Ancona - Pescara - Foggia - Bari - Brindisi - Lecce
  • High speed services (Frecciabianca) Turin - Allesandria - Genova - La Spezia - Pisa - Livorno - Rome
  • Intercity services Turin – Asti – Alessandria – Genoa - La Spezia - Pisa - Livorno - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • Intercity services Turin – Asti – Alessandria – Bologna – Rimini – Ancona – Pescara – Foggia – Bari – Brindisi – Lecce
  • Night train (Intercity Notte) Turin - Alessandria - Bolgona - Ancona - Pescara - Foggia - Bari - Brindisi - Lecce
  • Night train (Intercity Notte) Turin - Genoa - La Spezia - Pisa - Livorno - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • Night train (Intercity Notte) Turin - Milan - Parma - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • Night train (Intercity Notte) Turin - Milan - Parma - Reggio Emilia - Florence - Rome - Salerno - Lamezia Terme - Reggio di Calabria
  • Express services (Regionale Veloce) Turin – Vercelli – Novara – Milan
  • Regional services (Treno regionale) Turin – Asti – Alessandria – Ronco – Genoa
  • Turin Metropolitan services (SFM3) Bardonecchia - Bussoleno - Turin
  • Turin Metropolitan services (SFM3) Susa - Bussoleno - Turin
  • Turin Metropolitan services (SFM7) Fossano - Turin
Preceding station   Trenitalia   Following station
Terminus Frecciarossa
toward Roma Termini
Terminus Frecciarossa
toward Salerno
Terminus Frecciabianca
Terminus Frecciabianca
toward Lecce
Terminus Frecciabianca
toward Roma Termini
Terminus InterCity
toward Salerno
Terminus Intercity Notte
toward Lecce
Terminus Intercity Notte
toward Salerno
Terminus Intercity Notte
toward Salerno
Terminus Intercity Notte
Terminus Treno regionale
Terminus Treno regionale
Terminus Treno regionale
toward Ivrea
Preceding station   Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori   Following station
Terminus Italo
toward Salerno
Preceding station   Turin SFM   Following station
toward Bardonecchia
SFM3 Terminus
toward Susa
SFM3 Terminus
toward Torino Stura
SFM7 Terminus

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Torino Porta Nuova" (in Italian). Ferrovie dello Stato. Retrieved 27 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Torino Porta Nuova, inaugurazione dopo 145 anni" (in Italian). La Stampa. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2008. 

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