Milan metro red line to extend to Monza

Opening planned for next year.

Milan’s metro line M1, connecting Rho and Bisceglie to Sesto S. Giovanni, will finally be extended to nearby Monza, city hall has announced.

The city’s first underground line, opened in 1964, will soon extend its 27-km stretch to the important city lying in Milan’s north-eastern neighbourhood, adding another two kilometres and two stations to the line which already boasts 38 stations across the centre and northern sectors of Milan.

The extension had been mooted since 1992 and almost started in 2011, but plans were frozen with the bankruptcy of the company originally designated to carry out the work. Now the city administration has approved the new plan, and work is to start before the end of this year, with the opening planned for 2017, bringing relief to the city street traffic and a healthy drop in atmospheric pollution.

The total cost of just over €23 million will be borne by Italy’s transport ministry (€18m), Milan municipality and the Lombardy regional government (€3.5m) and the municipalities of Monza and Sesto San Giovanni for the remainder.