Caradonna (Ferrovie Nord), ‘Our focus on accessibility, suburbs and safety’

‘We deal with 115 stations, 330 km of railway network, of which 215 are electrified, and 900 trains’

On the occasion of the event “From Smart Cities to Senseable Cities”, organized by Fnm, the main Group integrated in sustainable mobility in Lombardy, the president of Ferrovie Nord Spa, Fulvio Caradonna, intervened to explain the main focuses of the company’s activity : “Our company deals with the management of the railway infrastructure, with all the infrastructures concerning the stations and with the purchase of trains. We deal with 115 stations, 330 km of railway network, of which 215 are electrified, and 900 trains. Furthermore, between 2010 and 2022 we saw investments of 700 million euros. In our work we are guided by three fundamental principles: the accessibility of mobility, health safety and attention to the suburbs”.

“The theme of accessibility to mobility – continued Caradonna – could be summed up in the need to break down every architectural barrier present in railway stations, so that people with disabilities can access them without difficulty. We hope to achieve this result within the next few years. With the National Association of the Blind we have devised a very particular system (which will initially be adopted in the Domodossola and Cadorna stations) which will not only be tactile and will help blind people through technological support. From the point of view of security, however, we are working on several fronts, on the one hand we can in fact count on a network of 2310 CCTV cameras, on the other hand we are installing defibrillators in each station, so as to be able to intervene quickly in case someone feels ill while in the station”.

The last focal point of Ferrovie Nord Spa’s strategy is that of attention to the suburbs, as the president of the company wanted to underline in conclusion: “Milan is a metropolis around which the suburbs orbit: those who travel by train in fact live often in the suburbs and, on a daily basis, he goes first to the city to work and then returns home to the peripheral areas. Precisely for this reason I believe it is important to be able to shift the center of gravity towards these realities and invest in the restructuring of the stations, homologating them from an architectural point of view to those of the city”.