Over 140,000 visitors and passengers a day, more than 50,000 square metres of area, 20 platforms for 400 km of interconnected railway lines, making it the most important transport interchange node in Rome. An overall investment of around 332 million euros: these are the figures of the project of the Stazione Alta Velocità Tiburtina, which was officially opened on November 28th in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano.
The project was drawn up by the Associated Architecture Practice “ABDR Architetti Associati” (senior partner Paolo Desideri), the winning project of the special international architecture competition promoted by RFI in 2002.
The infrastructure was designed as an international, domestic, regional and metropolitan transport interchange node and creates a new link between two districts, Pietralata and Nomentano, which have been historically separated by the railway line. Indeed, the station is shaped like a large glazed gallery, 300 metres long, suspended at nine metres above the track and divided into 8 volumes for the services destined to travellers and local citizens.
The eastern side (Pietralata), which was opened a year ago, is dedicated to the high speed line trains (domestic and international) as well as to the most important interchange node – rail/rail and rail/road – with the urban network of the Italian Capital, the Western square (Nomentano), where there are the termini for the city buses and for the of the new out-of-town coach lines. Some service areas to the railway node are also under construction: the one burned down in the fire last summer has recently been demolished, while the area beside it is going to be restructured including cladding of the façade.