The Stations

The Stations

Line 1

The VAL system

Sud Lingotto – Bengasi extension

Ovest Collegno- Cascine Vica extension

 

The underground line that is currently operational from the “Fermi” in Collegno to the “Lingotto” consists of 21 stations, of which 15 are “standard stations”.

The Architecture

The "standard station" was designed by Studio Bernard Kohn & Associati. The “standard” station is 60 m long and 19 m wide with platforms  located about 15 m below street level. The design concept privileges passenger flow and usability, in order to facilitate the high-frequency services envisaged by the VAL system. Specifically, the design eliminates non-essential components of stations  (e.g. rest rooms, bars, retail spaces) and rationalises passenger walkways to enable rapid and easy flow of passengers. In addition station spaces are well-lit, colourful and user-friendly, designed to optimise safety, quality and comfort and to provide access to all types of users.

 

A metro system for everyone - total accessibility

Accessibility for the visually impaired

In order to facilitate access to the station and use of underground spaces by the visually impaired, tactile paving has been installed inside the stations. This system involves use of tactile messages impressed onto the floor surface, which can be perceived through the feet or with the tip of a cane. These messages help visually impaired persons to orient themselves and are coordinated with Braille messages on the stairway hand rails. .

Accessibility for the physically disabled

Persons with physical disabilities  can access the stations via lifts. Each individual station is equipped with a lift from the street level to the atrium level of the station, and another lift from the atrium level to train platforms, located past the ticket barriers.   Inside each train are two bays capable of accommodating a wheelchair. Also the glass on the platform screen doors is marked with pictograms that clearly indicate where on-board handicap bays are located. The bays can be used by mothers with push-chairs, if they are not otherwise occupied by a handicapped user.

Finally, easily identifiable and accessible intercoms are located on the atrium and  platform levels, and on board  trains, to allow communication with operators, who can intervene and provide assistance if required.