2010 - News
The longest moving staircase in Europe inaugurated at Potenza
The Santa Lucia moving staircase was inaugurated in the town of Potenza in the presence of the local prefect Luigi Riccio, the president of the Province and the town’s mayor. Designed to facilitate the mobility of people in the capital of Lucania, the highest town in Italy with an elevation of nine hundred meters above the sea level, this work is six hundred meters long and is made up of twenty six flights (13 couples), two inclined elevators for disabled people and four passages. The moving staircase has a carrying capacity of up to nine thousand persons per hour.
A record was established by supplying the town with the longest moving staircase system in Europe, also called 'Equipped bridge', with a total carrying capacity of 18,000 persons per hour. This moving staircase adds to those already existing, which are located in viale Marconi, piazza Vittorio Emanuele, via Armellini and to a new one which is scheduled to open in the near future. This new route will link the railway station in the city centre to the first office district in Potenza town.
A worm welcome was given by inhabitants, among coloured balloons, music and fireworks, to celebrations held to inaugurate the first historical transfer, taking 15 minutes, from the city centre to the modern town.