Bari–Taranto railway

The Bari–Taranto railway is an Italian 104-kilometre (65-mile) long railway line, that connects Bari with Gioia del Colle and Taranto.

The line was opened in two stages between 1865 and 1868.[1] On 1 June 1865 the section from Bari to Gioia del Colle opened; the line was further extended on 15 September 1868 to Taranto.

Bari–Taranto railway
Castellaneta - Ponte ferroviaro S.Lucia 3
Overview
TypeHeavy rail
Statusin use
LocaleItaly
TerminiBari
Taranto
Operation
Opened1865 (Bari - Gioia del Colle)
1868 (Gioia del Colle - Taranto)
OwnerRFI
Operator(s)Trenitalia
Technical
Line length104 km (65 mi)
Number of tracksDouble track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
ElectrificationElectrified at 3000 V DC

Route upgrade

Work has been carried out to upgrade and double the line since 1994. The first section opened on 31 May 1994 between Acquaviva delle Fonti and Bitetto.

On 14 September 1997 the double track between Gioia del Colle and Palagianello opened. The line was rerouted which saw the closure of stations in Caratini, San Basilio and in Castellaneta town centre.

On 20 December 2004 the line was doubled between Acquaviva delle Fonti and Gioia del Colle, and on 27 May 2007 between Palagiano and Bellavista.

On 22 June 2008 the line was doubled between Grottalupara and Palagiano, which included a new alignment avoiding the centre of Palagianello and the opening of a new station.

On 31 May 2009 the line was doubled between Bari Centrale and Bari Sant'Andrea, which led to the closure of Bari Policlinico station. The southern section of the line was also doubled in 2010.

The final section, between Modugno and Bitetto will be realigned and doubled in 2014.

Usage

The line is used by the following service(s):

  • High speed services (Frecciabianca) Milan - Parma - Bologna - Ancona - Pescara - Foggia - Bari - Taranto
  • Intercity services Rome - Foggia - Bari - Taranto
  • Intercity services Bologna - Rimini - Ancona - Pescara - Foggia - Bari - Taranto
  • Night train (Intercity Notte) Milan - Ancona - Pescara - Foggia - Bari - Taranto - Brindisi - Lecce
  • Local services (Treno regionale) Bari - Gioia del Colle - Taranto
  • Local services (Treno regionale) Gravina in Puglia - Altamura - Gioia del Colle - Taranto

References

  1. ^ Alessandro Tuzza; et al. "Prospetto cronologico dei tratti di ferrovia aperti all'esercizio dal 1839 al 31 dicembre 1926" [Chronological overview of the features of the railways opened between 1839 and 31 December 1926]. Trenidicarta.it (in Italian). Alessandro Tuzza. Retrieved 1 January 2011.

This article is based upon a translation of the Italian language version as at September 2014.

See also

External links

Media related to Bari–Taranto railway at Wikimedia Commons

Acquaviva delle Fonti railway station

Acquaviva delle Fonti is a railway station in Acquaviva delle Fonti, Italy. The station is located on the Bari–Taranto railway. The train services are operated by Trenitalia.

Bari

Bari (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbaːri] (listen); Barese: Bare [ˈbæːrə]; Latin: Barium; Ancient Greek: Βάριον, translit. Bárion) is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in southern Italy. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples and Palermo, a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. The city itself has a population of 326,799, as of 2015, over 116 square kilometres (45 sq mi), while the urban area has 750,000 inhabitants. The metropolitan area has 1.3 million inhabitants.

Bari is made up of four different urban sections. To the north is the closely built old town on the peninsula between two modern harbours, with the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino (1035–1171) and the Hohenstaufen Castle built for Frederick II, which is now also a major nightlife district. To the south is the Murat quarter (erected by Joachim Murat), the modern heart of the city, which is laid out on a rectangular grid-plan with a promenade on the sea and the major shopping district (the via Sparano and via Argiro).

Modern residential zones surrounding the centre of Bari were built during the 1960s and 1970s replacing the old suburbs that had developed along roads splaying outwards from gates in the city walls. In addition, the outer suburbs developed rapidly during the 1990s. The city has a redeveloped airport named after Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyła Airport, with connections to several European cities.

Bitetto–Palo del Colle railway station

Bitetto-Palo del Colle is a railway station in Bitetto, Italy. The station is located on the Bari–Taranto railway. The train services are operated by Trenitalia.

Castellaneta railway station

Castellaneta is a railway station in Castellaneta, Italy. The station is located on the Bari–Taranto railway. The train services are operated by Trenitalia.

Gioia del Colle railway station

Gioia del Colle is a railway station in Gioia del Colle, Italy. The station is located on the Bari–Taranto railway and Rocchetta Sant'Antonio-Gioia del Colle railway. The train services are operated by Trenitalia.

Grumo Appula railway station

Grumo Appula is a railway station in Grumo Appula, Italy. The station is located on the Bari–Taranto railway. The train services are operated by Trenitalia.

Massafra railway station

Massafra is a railway station in Massafra, Italy. The station is located on the Bari–Taranto railway. The train services are operated by Trenitalia.

Modugno Città railway station

Modugno Città is a railway station in Modugno, Italy. The station is located on the Bari–Taranto railway and Bari–Matera railway. The train services are operated by Trenitalia and Ferrovie Appulo Lucane.

Palagianello railway station

Palagianello is a railway station in Palagianello, Italy. The station is located on the Bari–Taranto railway. The train services are operated by Trenitalia.

On 22 June 2008 the station was relocated to a brand new station south east of the town. This was as part of the upgrade of the route between Bari and Taranto. The old alignment of the track is now a cycle way through the centre of Palagianello.

San Basilio Mottola railway station

San Basilio Mottola is a closed railway station in San Basilio, Italy. The station was located on the Bari–Taranto railway.

Due to upgrading of the route, the line was doubled and realigned, which meant that a number of towns and villages were left without a railway station.

Taranto railway station

Taranto railway station (Italian: Stazione di Taranto) is the main station serving the city and comune of Taranto, in the region of Apulia, southern Italy. Opened in 1868, it forms a junction between three main lines, from Bari, Brindisi and Reggio di Calabria, respectively. It is also a terminus of a secondary line, the Bari–Martina Franca–Taranto railway.

The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). However, the commercial area of the passenger building is managed by Centostazioni. The station's main line train services are operated by or on behalf of Trenitalia. Each of these companies is a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's state-owned rail company.

Regional train services on the Bari–Martina Franca–Taranto railway are operated by Ferrovie del Sud Est (FSE).

Timeline of Bari

The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Bari in the Apulia region of Italy.

Route map

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