La Notizia: Concerns arise over trains and parking in Milan’s San Donato project

By Oliver Fisher -

While AC Milan seem to have made good progress in their bid to build a new stadium in the San Donato area of the city, but there are a couple of issues to resolve.

It is obvious that from design to implementation there are some critical issues to deal with that can be encountered along the way. Today’s edition of La Notizia (via Radio Rossonera) today highlights two: trains and parking.

According to what the newspaper reports, fans today would not be able to reach or leave the stadium on extra trains made available by Trenord on lines S1 and S12 and the reason is simple: those trains won’t be there.

As Calcio e Finanza states, this information comes from a response given two days ago by the Lombardy Region to the question presented by the regional councillor. Pietro Bussolati had asked if the Region had been involved in the stadium project and if it had decided to make special services available to the stadium in conjunction with big league and Champions League matches.

The Region confirmed its involvement, but there will be no extra train services on the line to serve the stadium. However, there will be an increase in the number of carriages on some journeys and the extension of some of them too.

For Milan this is an issue because in their dossier the club wrote that they expected 16,100 fans to get to the stadium using public transport, i.e. trains. However, to allow those fans to use the trains the Rossoneri foresaw the pressing need to increase their frequency, especially on the S1 line which currently has just one train every 30 minutes.

The second issue to be resolved concerns car traffic. It is expected that over 37,000 fans will reach the new Milan stadium by car. Then 5,600 by motorbike, 1,400 by bike or scooter and finally 9,100 by taxi and bus.

According to the designers, considering three people per car and one per motorbike, ‘12,896 spaces are needed for cars and 4,942 for motorbikes’. However, on the site the parking spaces provided are 24% of the requirement.

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