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Bari Centrale

Exterior view of the station
Bari Centrale is a typical transit station near the town centre, with an average of 38 thousand transits per day and 14 million users per year, approximately 300 trains arrivals and departures per day and 340 bus runs. The station is located in piazza Aldo Moro.

History

view of the platforms area in 1934 - photo from FS archives
The station was first built in 1864. Its design, like that of all transit stations, foresaw a flat-pitched canopy roof covering two railway tracks and a connector track with relative platforms, and featured simple, uncluttered architectural lines. After just a few years it was necessary to expand the tracks area and the passenger services building.
Between 1865 and 1906 five more tracks were added and some ancillary buildings were built. The main structure was extended towards the square and a wrought-iron marquee in the liberty style was installed in the three central bays. Subsequent alterations profoundly altered the station’s original forms and dimensions, and in 1930 a project foreseeing the raising of the central bays by another storey and enclosing the recesses between the main building block and the lateral buildings. In the central area of the ticketing hall, the pillars were replaced by marble columns in the Doric style and the cross vaults by lacunar ceilings. Further alterations foreseen in the 1946 town plan brought Bari Centrale station to its present configuration.

Present situation

view of the main hall today
Bari Centrale is a typical transit station near the town centre, with an average of 38 thousand transits per day and 14 million users per year, approximately 300 trains arrivals and departures per day and 340 bus runs.
It extends over several levels:
• a basement floor housing records rooms, technical rooms and railway stockrooms;
• the ground floor, where the tracks run, hosts the main traveller services, some shops and post offices;
• the mezzanine floor features offices and service facilities;
• the first floor is occupied by the railway health service.

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