02.05.2013

Schindler supplied for Europe's most impressive metro station

Naples’ stunning new underground railway stop features world-class art and Schindler mobility solutions. Schindler supplied a total of 18 escalators for Toledo station – two of them with a 30-meter rise, as well as four moving walkways and four elevators. All materials used during construction were chosen to complement the station’s unique look and feel.

Strong Partnership

“We needed a project partner with the flexibility and capability to meet our exacting design requirements,” explains Marco Piccoli, Technical Director of Engineering Works at M. N. Metropolitana di Napoli S.p.A., concessionaire for the design and construction of Line 1 Naples underground. “Schindler delivered in every respect. Their professionalism, cooperative attitude and technical skill convinced me that, when it comes to suppliers, people really do make the difference.”

Artistic winner

The stylish Toledo metro station in Naples, Italy recently topped a list by Britain’s Daily Telegraph of the most impressive underground railway stations in Europe. Designed by star Catalan architect Oscar Tousquets Blanca, it includes installations by internationally renowned artists William Kendridge, Robert Wilson and Achille Cevoli. The elegant station, which opened in September 2012, is part of the city’s “"Stazioni dell’Arte” initiative to connect urban dwellers with contemporary art.

Metro station Toledo in Naples, Italy
Metro station Toledo in Naples, Italy

From land to sea

Toledo is the deepest metro station on Naples’ line 1, reaching the equivalent of five floors underground. Its colors symbolically mark the passage from earth to sea. A spectacular “crater of light” – a large egg-shaped indentation illuminated by LED spot lamps – links the surface level to the large hall 38 meters below.

Metro station Toledo in Naples, Italy
Metro station Toledo in Naples, Italy

Accelerated commute

A satellite entrance to the station will soon be completed in Montecalvario, in the city’s Spanish Quarters. Schindler will help accelerate the commute from the new entrance via two 75-meter moving walkways and three pairs of escalators. The escalators and the moving walkways will be linked to a remote monitoring system that allows operators to change their travel direction if necessary and to receive information in real time about service issues.