Afragola, 13 July 2015
Works at the new high speed Naples Afragola station have recommenced.
The Minister of Infrastructures and Transport Graziano Delrio made an inspection at the Afragola worksite today.
During this visit, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana CEO Maurizio Gentile and Italferr CEO Matteo Triglia showed the Minister the current state of progress.
Campania Regional Authority President Vincenzo De Luca, Mayor of Afragola Domenico Tuccillo and Gruppo Astaldi President Paolo Astaldi also attended.
The first stage of works will end by the first quarter of 2017, when this new Naples Afragola HS station can be used by passengers.
Works to ensure that commercial services can run smoothly will commence in stages over the following years.
Worksite activities were recommenced by “Associazione Temporanea di Imprese (ATI – Temporary Association of Businesses) Astaldi-NBI in March 2015.
The new Naples Afragola HS station is located just a few kilometres north of Naples and will become a modal interchange with the HS/HC Rome – Naples - Salerno line and the High Capacity Naples - Benevento – Bari line via the Naples – Cancello variant. Furthermore, this station is an intermediate stop on the HS/HC Rome – Naples – Salerno line, thereby directly serving the extensive and highly-populated Naples, Caserta and Nola hinterland.
The main station building – a majestic bridge-shaped structure 400 metres long covering over 30 thousand square metres – will cross over the tracks to connect the areas through the which railway line passes, thereby ensuring continuity for the landscape and road system. Huge windows make up the main building, with sinuous shapes abstractly recalling the image of a modern train in motion.
There will also be green areas, car parks (around 1,400 spaces) and a terminal for tourist and regional buses (located in the outdoor area covering around 150 thousand square metres), all of which linked to local main roads.
This new HS station was designed by architect Zaha Hadid, winner of the international Competition run by Ferrovie dello Stato.