In time for Expo 2015
Five new stations will be ready along the M5 “lilac line” of Milan’s underground system for the opening ceremony of Expo 2015, the construction company has announced.
Some 450 workers, in shifts, are working 24 hours a day, so that by the end of April, stations will be opened at Domodossola, Lotto, Segesta, San Siro Ippodromo and Stadio San Siro, in addition to the nine already operative. This means that the stretch from Bignami to the San Siro stadium will be ready for residents and visitors to the world fair, but passing without stopping through the last five stations still being prepared for operation.
The new facilities will include a new interchange with the red M1 line at Lotto, in addition to the existing interchanges with M3 at Zara and with M2 at Garibaldi stations, while Domodossola station will provide an interchange with Trenord regional services.
Major works will be on hold for the duration of Expo to avoid disturbances for tourists and business visitors, but will re-start as soon as the exhibition is over. The final phase – the opening of stations at Monumentale, Cenisio, Gerusalemme, Tre Torri and Portello – will then complete the lilac line’s 12.8 kilometres, just over double the current 6.1 km stretch.
Each fully automatic, driverless train can carry up to 536 passengers for a total of over 10,000 per hour in each direction. Once all the stations are operative, the trains will take 26 minutes to cover the distance from Bignami to San Siro.