22 December 2017 – The Minister of Infrastructures and Transport has inaugurated together with the President of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard, the new Arcisate-Stabio cross-border railway line. “Another important step forward has been made towards the railway option along the Rhine Alpine Corridor with the implementation of the Arcisate-Stabio new passenger railway line.
Italy has respected its commitment to conclude the project within 2017. This is the first cross-border rail pass between Italy and Switzerland without border rail station, dedicated to passenger transport, which enables to ease the burden of road traffic reducing environmental impact. Further challenges await us, the connection with Malpensa airport to be carried out within June 2018. We will continue to implement the bilateral Agenda with the Swiss Confederation and the European Commission”, Minister Delrio said during the opening ceremony.
Minister Delrio stated that today “the completion of the financing for the implementation of the “Terzo Valico” railway line, including the lots no. 5 and 6, a project of key importance for the Genoa-Rotterdam Corridor” will be proposed to the CIPE (Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning).
The accessibility and connections with Europe and the railway Corridors, are for the Italian Government key objectives to be pursued through the “Connecting Italy” planning strategy.
"We are working on three tunnels, Brenner Base Tunnel, Frejús Rail Tunnel and the “Terzo Valico” Tunnel, Minister Delrio said – in order to promote the sustainable transport for people and goods, pursuing the objective of shipping the 50% of goods by rail in the next five years, along with increasing the number of national and regional trains".
This new railway line of “Rete Ferroviaria Italiana” (RFI Company), the railway national system operator, is the first cross-border railway pass between Italy and Switzerland without border rail station, directly connecting the city of Varese with Mendrisio (Switzerland) and Como via Chiasso.
On Sunday 7 January 2018, the commercial services between Varese and Mendrisio will be started, managed by TILO Company (Ticino-Lombardy Regional Trains).
The Varese-Porto Ceresio freight railway line, as an integral part of the new Arcisate-Stabio railway line, will be also operating after the conclusion of the infrastructural and technological upgrading works.
During the opening journey from Mendrisio to Induno Olona, the following hosts travelled in the first coach of the train: Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation, Roberto Maroni, President of the Lombardy Region, Philippe Gauderon, Director for Infrastructures of the Swiss Federal Railways, Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of “FS Italiane” Group, Maurizio Gentile, CEO of “ Rete Ferroviaria Italiana” and Cinzia Farisè, President of TILO and CEO of Trenord.
There were also the representatives of the local Authorities, whose territories are crossed by the new infrastructure.
The Induno Olona-Arcisate-Stabio rail link, running entirely in Italy, is more than 8 Km long. It runs from the bridge over the Olona river, in the north of Varese, until the border between Italy and Switzerland, crossing the urban centers of Induno Olona and Arcisate, the valley of the Bevera torrent for connecting in the Gaggiolo plain (Cantello Commune) with the Stabio-Mendrisio railway line, implemented by the Swiss Federal Railways.
The main infrastructures carried out are Bevera viaduct (with a total lenght of more than 450 m and with seven spans) crossing the valley of the Bevera stream, the Induno tunnel of about 950 m long and the Bevera tunnel of about 970 m long, between Arcisate and Cantello and Baranzella bridge (about 40 m long). In the municipalities of Induno Olona and Arcisate the new track runs mainly inside a deep cutting with a depth of about 6-8 metres under ground level, thus solving any problems of interferences with roads, making it possible to reconnect the urban fabric and reduce acoustic and visual impact.
The new cross border railway line is dedicated to passenger transport, with a commercial speed up to 100 Km/H. The rail traffic will be remotely managed and controlled from the central place of Milano Greco Pirelli. The line is powered with direct current at 3 KV dc, until the border between Italy and Switzerland, where the voltage changes to 15 KV ac, with alternating current , consistently with the Swiss network. The new rail stops of Induno Olona, Arcisate and Cantello Gaggiolo have also been opened.
The civil works for the equipment and electric traction have been carried out by Salcef Company; instead the technological works have been completed by the temporary joint ventures (ATI) CEIT-Alstom. The project management was carried out by Italferr SpA, the engineering company of the “FS Italiane” Group.
In the construction sites were registered peaks of 350 workers, while more than 100 engineers of RFI and Italferr were employed in the project’s implementation.
At the beginning of December, given the strategic importance of this railway line, technicians have been carrying out tests in order to assess operational conditions and the new technologies installed, as the innovative signaling and dynamic transition system, ensuring the transition of moving trains from the Italian to Swiss railway lines and back, in full safety.
In conclusion, along the Varese-Porto Ceresio railway line the works for the structural consolidation of bridges and embankments have been completed, also for the construction of pedestrian walkways, for the upgrading of 10 thousand metres of track along the whole rail section, for the renewal of the power supply system to 3 Kv and of all the signaling and safety mechanisms. Furthermore the upgrading and modernization works for both Porto Ceresio and Bisuschio stations have been completed, including the implementation of the new station platforms with height of 55 cm, new platform roofs, the improvement of the rooms’ station, the new information system to the public and the implementation of routes for disabled and persons with reduced mobility.