Italy celebrates 10 years of high-speed services

FS Italiane marked 10 years since the birth of the Frecciarossa, which transported 350 million passengers and travelled 380 million kilometres, linking 80 cities with a fleet of 144 Frecce.

Between 1998-2018, five new high-speed stations were designed by famous architects, 500,000 new jobs were created.

The high-speed services saved 20 million tonnes of CO2 between 2008 and 2018 thanks to the modal shift from private cars and planes to the train services, the perfect ecological means of transport.

In 2018, people travelling on a high-speed train saved on average an hour a day, compared with a trip to the same destination in 2005. Overall 18.5 million hours have been saved in 10 years.

During this period, EUR 32 billion were invested in the HSR network, with an annual impact on GDP of 0.15%.

The Frecciarossa 1000 is the first high-speed train that has obtained the environmental impact certification (EPD) thanks to its recyclability close to 100%. In ten years, the kilometres run by rail connections doubled up.

The high-speed railway stations marked a return to great railway architecture. Railway stations are back to being driver for urban renovation. Torino Porta Susa, Milano Centrale, Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana, Bologna Centrale High Speed, Roma Tiburtina and Napoli Afragola redefines the concept of stations.


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