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Florence Tramway Network: Line 2 will be ready by the end of 2018

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sabato 13 ottobre 2018

Contractors have carried out a test run of the tramway line connecting the city centre to the airport

Line 2 of the Florence Tramway Network will be ready for use by the end of 2018. The much-awaited news was announced in the course of a testing aboard the new T2 Vespucci, ran for members of the press by Dario Nardella, Mayor of the Metropolitan City of Florence, together with a delegation of technicians and contractors.

“The consortium of contractors involved in the project are meeting their deadlines – said the mayor of Florence – they have confirmed that the construction works will be finished on 15 November and passengers should be able to use T2 by the end of the year.” As the Mayor pointed out, the timeframe will also depend on how long it will take the ministerial commission to grant its final approval.

The new line 2 of the Tramway Network, which will be added to the existing T1 Leonardo, will connect Piazza dell’Unità, in the city centre, to Peretola Airport in 21 or 22 minutes.

T2 presents more challenges than T1 because its complex infrastructure will run across Palazzo Mazzoni, an underground station, and the imposing viaduct of San Donato. The test journey ran smoothly, causing no problems for the mobility or the infrastructure itself. The testing was an effective demonstration of the changes in the public transport system taking place in Florence and the Metropolitan area.

Florence’s traffic plan will be re-organised and tested, once Line 2 becomes fully operational. The same procedure was followed for T1 which today serves 62 thousand passengers a day, up from 40 thousand the same period last year. T1 is currently undergoing regular monitoring so that traffic lights can be implemented and optimised in the city’s most critical areas.

Script: Agnese Fedeli | Translation and speaking: Giorgia Scaturro

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