To ensure a better use of stations by customers, the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group has started several redevelopment programmes that progressively concern all the stations in the network (about 2,300).
The company Grandi Stazioni was entrusted with renovating the 13 major Italian stations, turning them from simple places of transit to real “town squares” by setting up commercial, service, accommodation and leisure businesses while salvaging the original architectonic elements of the buildings, which usually have a significant historical and cultural value.
The company Centostazioni was contracted to commercially enhance and restyle 103 medium-sized stations within the network with similar objectives to those set for Grandi Stazioni.
This wide-ranging operation involves a network of unique proportions, spread across Italy with real estate assets stretching over more than 500,000 square meters, where about half a billion people go every year.
The redevelopment and enhancement of 101 stations in southern Italy that are significant in terms of position, size, architectonic value and tourist attraction, is managed directly by RFI through the Pegasus project, the “Advanced program for the management of areas of stations located in southern Italy”.
Through its facility Terminali Viaggiatori e Merci (passenger and freight terminals), RFI is directly in charge of the redevelopment of all the other stations in the network. In most cases there are “unmanned” places due to limited use and train traffic. To avoid that the absence of railway personnel may cause critical situations in terms of safety, comfort, decency and hygiene for passengers, RFI assesses the possibility of enhancing the commercial aspects, or considers leasing the spaces to no profit associations or local bodies.