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TORINO
 Piemonte . Italy

Turin VAL Line Map © UrbanRail.Net

Metros in Italy - The Book Torino Tram

 System

Turin's first metro line is based on the VAL system in Lille and Toulouse. It starts in the centre of Turin at the main railway station Porta Nuova, then runs west along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II to Porta Susa railway station and then further west to Collegno along Corso Francia. Upon completion in October 2007, the initial metro line was 9.6 km long and had 14 stations (Porta Susa having opened at a later date). With construction having started in Dec 2000, the first section opened in Feb. 2006 in time for the XX Winter Olympic Games. In 2007 the line was extended to Porta Nuova before reaching its present terminus at Lingotto in 2011.

The VAL 208 trains, built by Siemens, are formed by four 2.08 m wide cars, each train with a total length of 52 m. A typical station is 19 m wide and 60 m long, and lies at an average depth of 16 m. Platforms are separated from the tracks by platform screen doors. Whereas stations were built by the cut-and-cover method, running tunnels were excavated with tunnel-boring machines (7.8 m diameter).

 Photos
Marche Marche Marche
Marche station (Photos © Philippe Berthe)

Turin also has an extensive tramway network, which includes light rail lines 3 and 4, which outside the city centre have long sections with their own rights-of-way. In the north, line 4 has a short tunnel with one underground station at Stura, where it intersects with the Passante.

Italian State Railways (Ferrovia dello Stato - Trenitalia) built the Passante, an underground north-south rail link from Stura to Lingotto, which was brought into service on 9 Dec 2012.

 History

04 Feb 2006: XVIII Dicembre - Fermi (7.5 km)
05 Oct 2007: XVIII Dicembre - Porta Nuova (2.1 km; without Porta Susa station, which is to open when the adjacent railway station is finished)
06 Mar 2011: Porta Nuova - Lingotto (3.8 km)
09 Sept 2011: Porta Susa station added

 Projects

Another 3.6 km extension is planned west of Fermi with four stations, Pastrengo, XXIV Maggio, Leumann and Cascine Vica. Later another 5 stations have been added to the project. Another extension is considered from Lingotto to Piazza Bengasi (2 stations).

A second line is in an early stage of planning running north-south through the city centre.

 Photos
(1) Re Umberto (2) Racconigi (3) XVIII Dicembre (Photos © Robert Schwandl)
 


 Links

GTT - GRUPPO TORINESE TRASPORTI (ATM+SATTI)

Infra.To (metro planning and construction)

Metro Torino at Wikipedia.it

Torino Metro Track Map

Tram di Torino

Passante at Wikipedia.it

Turin Tram at Wikipedia.itTorino Tram

Turin Tram at UrbanRail.Net

Cityrailways.it (news in Italian)


Metros in Italy - The Book

 Linea 1

 

Lingotto  
Spezia  
Carducci  
Dante  
Nizza  
Marconi  
Porta Nuova  
Re Umberto
Vinzaglio
Porta Susa  
XVIII Dicembre
Principi d'Acaja
Bernini
Racconigi
Rivoli
Monte Grappa
Pozzo Strada
Massaua
Marche
Paradiso  
Fermi

Photos © Philippe Berthe & Marco Gallo

 


 

2006 © UrbanRail.Net by Robert Schwandl.