Ventimiglia railway station

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Ventimiglia
View of the platforms
View of the platforms
LocationPiazza Cesare Battisti
18039 Ventimiglia IM
Ventimiglia, Imperia, Liguria
Italy
Coordinates43°47′33″N 07°36′36″E / 43.79250°N 7.61000°E / 43.79250; 7.61000Coordinates: 43°47′33″N 07°36′36″E / 43.79250°N 7.61000°E / 43.79250; 7.61000
Operated byRete Ferroviaria Italiana
Centostazioni
Line(s)Genoa–Ventimiglia
Cuneo–Ventimiglia
Marseille–Ventimiglia
Distance147.315 km (91.537 mi)
from Genova Piazza Principe
Platforms7
Train operatorsTrenitalia
SNCF
Other information
ClassificationGold
History
Opened1871; 147 years ago (1871)
Location
Ventimiglia is located in Liguria
Ventimiglia
Ventimiglia
Location within Liguria
Ventimiglia is located in Italy
Ventimiglia
Ventimiglia
Ventimiglia (Italy)

Ventimiglia railway station (Italian: Stazione di Ventimiglia) is the main station of the Italian city of Ventimiglia. It is at the end of three rail routes: the Genoa–Ventimiglia line, the Cuneo–Ventimiglia line and the Marseille–Ventimiglia line. It plays an important role not only in rail transport in Liguria, but also in Italy. Despite being an important station, it is in some disrepair.

The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). However, the commercial area of the passenger building is managed by Centostazioni. Italian 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.

French train services to and from Ventimiglia are operated by SNCF.

Location[edit]

Ventimiglia railway station is situated in Piazza Cesare Battisti, near the centre of the city, just north of the old town.

History[edit]

The station was opened at the end of 1871 and renamed Ventimiglia International station in 1882, with the construction of a new passenger building, featuring a glass roof over the tracks. This roof was later superseded by the current building, designed by the architect Roberto Narducci (who also designed 40 other Italian stations), which reflects, like other public buildings in Ventimiglia (especially the town hall and the gym), the typical lines of Italian rationalist architecture.

Overview[edit]

The station consists of seven through tracks for passenger services, all equipped with platforms and connections to an underpass. Also there are many sidings for storing passenger carriages and a locomotive shed.

Being a border station (located about 9 km from the border with France), passenger train operations have to be carefully managed, taking into account the handover of operations between the Italian and French railways. Trains depart from here to several different parts of Italy and France (EuroCity from Nice to Milan, EuroNight from Nice to Rome and Venice, InterCity from Ventimiglia to Milan and Rome, TGV to Paris).

The station of Ventimiglia is electrified at 1.5 kV. This may seem surprising, because the Italian railway system is electrified at 3 kV DC, and the Marseille–Ventimiglia line is electrified at 25 kV 50 Hz AC. However, the locomotives operating on the line into France have to be multi-system anyway, because Marseille railway station is also electrified at 1.5 kV. The Italian trains operate in the station area at half power.

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following service(s):

  • High speed services (TGV) Paris - Avignon - Cannes - Nice - Ventimiglia
  • EuroCity services (Thello) Marseille - Cannes - Nice - Monaco - Ventimiglia - Genoa - Milan
  • Intercity services Ventimiglia - Savona - Genoa - La Spezia - Pisa - Livorno - Rome
  • Intercity services Ventimiglia - Savona - Genoa - Milan
  • Night services (Russian Railways) Nice - Milan - Innsbruck - Vienna - Warsaw - Minsk - Moscow
  • Regional services (Treno regionale) Ventimiglia - Savona - Genoa - Sestri Levante - La Spezia - San Stefano di Magra
  • Local services (Treno regionale) Fossano - Cuneo - Breil sur Roya - Ventimiglia
  • Local services (TER Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur) Grasse - Cannes - Nice - Monaco - Ventimiglia
Preceding station   Trenitalia   Following station
Thello
TerminusInterCity
toward Roma Termini
TerminusInterCity
toward Nice-Ville
Intercity Notte
TerminusTreno regionale
toward Fossano
Treno regionaleTerminus
Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
toward Paris-Lyon
TGVTerminus
TER PACA 4Terminus

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External links[edit]

Media related to Ventimiglia at Wikimedia Commons