Thanks to Expo 2015, Rho had the opportunity of more ‘ergonomically’ growing; more cycle paths, more green, more liveability. But it was also a breath of fresh air to traditional infrastructures, such as roads and railways.
In terms of rail transport, you’re moving towards an adaptation and modernization of the Rho-Gallarate railroad, on the Milan-Domodossola line. The project involves the construction of a third track, next to the two existing ones, along the 25 km railroad between Rho and Gallarate and a fourth track between Rho and Parabiago stations.
This railroad upgrading will allow to increase in available capacity in order to satisfy current and expected mobility needs, moreover supporting the southerly accessibility to Malpensa Airport. This project also includes the construction of a new station in Nerviano, the arrangement of Rho, Vanzago and Parabiago stations and stops, the strengthening of interchange parking and many environmental mitigation works. Without forgetting that Rho, within the municipality, has got two town railway stations in addition to the third one – provided with high-speed configuration – at the service of the exhibition complex.
As for road transport, works on the Rho-Monza Highway was completed: Lot no.3, operative with two-way alternating lanes (in addition to emergency one), replaced the old provincial road SP46, which will be eliminated and converted into cycle path and will connect Baranzate, Bollate and Novate.
Such infrastructures were born for Expo 2015, but it’s undeniable that Rho’s charme lies in its anthropized territory and, above all, thanks to the presence of exhibition center in Milan, the largest in Europe. And around which were born different level welcome structures, from luxury hotels to more traditional and low-cost B&B or motels.
There are so much as 32 B&B and motels on the Municipality of Milan website, as confirmation that Expo 2015 was a chance to put all to the test. As of now, it will be necessary not to lose this heritage, creating the conditions for particular tourist growth, from congressional travels to fair trade tourism, from cultural revival to development of industrial archaeology. So that local development grows stronger.
[Photo: aerial view of the Monza-Rho]