Como San Giovanni railway station

Como San Giovanni railway station (Italian: Stazione di Como San Giovanni) is the main station serving the city and comune of Como, in the region of Lombardy, northern Italy. Opened in 1875, it forms part of the Milan–Chiasso railway, and is also a terminus of the Como–Lecco railway, which branches off the main line a few kilometres (miles) to the south, at Albate-Camerlata.

Como San Giovanni
Two-story brick building with flat roof
The station building in 2013
General information
Locationpiazzale San Gottardo
Coordinates45°48′32.0″N 9°4′20.3″E / 45.808889°N 9.072306°E / 45.808889; 9.072306
Operated byRFI
Structure typeat-grade
Opened27 July 1875 (1875-07-27)
Rebuilt1949 (1949)
Electrified1939 (1939)
Preceding station Trenitalia Following station
Chiasso EuroCity Monza
towards Zürich HB
Preceding station TILO Following station
towards Locarno
RE80 Como Camerlata
towards Airolo
S10 Terminus
towards Varese
Preceding station Trenord Following station
Terminus R18 Como Camerlata
towards Lecco
S11 Como Camerlata
towards Rho

Como San Giovanni is the last Italian station on the line to Chiasso, and therefore fulfils the functions of a border station. However, border checks have not been carried out there since 2008, when Switzerland joined the Schengen Agreement.[citation needed]

The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), but the commercial area of the passenger building is managed by Centostazioni. Train services are operated by Trenitalia. Each of these companies is a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's state-owned rail company.

Location edit

Como San Giovanni railway station is situated in Piazzale San Gottardo, a 15-minute walk from the city centre.

History edit

The station was opened on 27 July 1875, upon the inauguration of the Albate–Como section of the Milan–Chiasso railway.[1]

Features edit

The current passenger building was built after the destruction of World War II, to a design of Paolo Perilli. It was inaugurated in 1949. A structure in brick on two levels (of which only the ground floor is accessible to travellers), it consists of three sections joined by a glass wall that provides much of the lighting inside the central hall. It is also attached to shelters facing the station yard.

Inside the station yard, there are five through tracks, including four for use by passengers. There are also three dock platforms on the south side of the station (used as the terminus of the line to Lecco) and two on the north side.

Each of the four through tracks dedicated to passenger transport has a platform covered by a concrete shelter. The platforms are connected with each other by a covered walkway and elevators. Track 1 is faced by the main platform, and tracks 2 and 3 by an island platform. Track 4 is seldom used, but is accessible to passengers via a small platform between tracks 3 and 4. To get to that platform, it is necessary to cross track 3.

There is also another track to the north serving the Como railway post office, and, to the south, two tracks connecting the station with its goods yard and the headquarters of the Customs Agency.

In 2008, work was completed on a facelift of the station co-financed by Centostazioni and RFI. The project cost 1 million euros, and was subject to cultural heritage constraints. The renovations included the following: restoration and maintenance of buildings, the addition of new businesses dedicated to travelers, the adaptation of plants to legal requirements, removal of architectural barriers, installation of tactile paving for the vision impaired, renovation of public conveniences and the construction of new lifts.

Passenger and train movements edit

The station has about 1.5 million passenger movements each year.[2]

Como San Giovanni is the border station in Italy before trains enter Switzerland at Chiasso. Following the timetable change in December 2014, only one EuroCity Milan-Zürich train would call at Como instead of all services. The main destinations are Milano Centrale, Milano Porta Garibaldi, Molteno, Lecco, Albate-Camerlata, Bellinzona and Zürich Hauptbahnhof.

The station is also a stop on line S11 of the Milan suburban railway network (Milano Porta Garibaldi–Chiasso; hourly).

Train services edit

As of the December 2021 timetable change, the following services stop at Como San Giovanni:[3]

Interchange edit

In front of the passenger building is a small parking lot and a sign indicating the telephone numbers of taxis.

In the square, also in front of the passenger building, is a bus terminal. The operator of the bus service is SPT (Società Pubblica Trasporti, a name of ASF Autolinee), which runs services between 7.20 and 22.15. The main destinations of buses are: Cernobbio, Moltrasio, Argegno, Menaggio, Dongo, San Fedele, Lanzo d'Intelvi, Torno, Asso, Bellagio, Palanzano, Cantù and Appiano Gentile.

Customs edit

Como San Giovanni is, for customs purposes, a border station for passengers arriving from Switzerland. Customs checks may be performed in the station. Systematic passport controls were abolished when Switzerland joined the Schengen Area in 2008.[4][5]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Alessandro Tuzza; et al. "Prospetto cronologico dei tratti di ferrovia aperti all'esercizio dal 1839 al 31 dicembre 1926" [Chronological overview of the features of the railways opened between 1839 and 31 December 1926]. (in Italian). Alessandro Tuzza. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Flussi Annui nelle 103 Stazioni" [Annual flows at the 103 stations]. Centostazioni website (in Italian). Centostazioni. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Partenze Departures/Departs/Abfahrten: COMO S.GIOVANNI". Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (in Italian). 12 December 2021. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Switzerland's Schengen entry finally complete". 27 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Land borders open as Switzerland enters Schengen zone". 12 December 2008.

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