In addition to assets that are functional for its core business, FS Italiane Group also owns extensive real estate holdings, some of which are no longer used, consisting of railway stations, booths and tracks.
To date, in collaboration with local bodies and non-profit associations, 491 stations have been dedicated to activities that enhance the value of the area or activate services for the public. Overall, roughly 118,00098 m² have been allocated for these purposes, with a total value of approximately €176,600,000.
There are about 1,400 km of idle railway lines, including definitively discontinued lines pursuant to Ministerial decrees, and lines discontinued due to route variations, that could potentially be used for social initiatives and soft mobility. To date, over 400 km of idle lines have been converted into tourism lines, bike paths and greenways.
We are in an age of the circular economy, of fighting against waste and reusing resources. The principle of recycling also applies to railway lines that are no longer used. FS actually has 3,000 km of disused railway lines, of which 325 km are destined to become greenways: cycling tracks and green routes which are accessible to everybody, and are reserved for soft mobility.
To systematically collect information and maps linked to these assets, FS Italiane and RFI have created an Atlas of disused railway lines. This is particularly aimed at associations, to those who deal with local policies and more generally to public administrations. The Atlas provides forms with information related to individual disused lines, subdivided into large geographical areas (North, Centre, South and Islands) and then divided from each of these into regions.
FS Italiane owns 3,000 km of unused railway lines, 325 km of which have been set aside for use as greenways: cycle paths and country walks accessible to anyone. The Group wishes to draw up a National Greenways Plan in the footsteps of other European countries, such as Spain, involving Governmental Institutions and above all the Ministry of the Environment, Regional Councils, Local Authorities and leading Environmental Associations.
An important city greenways project is currently underway on the former Rome – Cesano railway line.