An urban forest coming to Milan

In this period of climate change there is a lot of talk about the reconversion of cities, from cemented areas to real green oases, where nature is able to take back its space and, more importantly, release oxygen and cool the surrounding environment. , helping to fight global warming.

And it seems that in Milan they took the problem seriously, with the presentation on July 12 of the FILI project, born thanks to the partnership between Ferrovie Nord Milano and the Lombardy Region. The project involves the construction of 6 interventions, of which the main one consists of a huge cycle path, in some ways a “superhighway”, which from Milan Cadorna will reach terminal 2 of Milan Malpensa airport. The cost of the entire project is estimated at 210 million euros, and the inauguration is scheduled for 2028.

According to the creators, the FILI project is unique for urban inclusiveness and environmental sustainability, and is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The attention to the project is such that a tunnel has been set up in Piazza Gae Aulenti, inside which an electric bike has been placed: pedaling, albeit virtually, it is possible to cover the entire cycle path. Those who manage to cover all 54 kilometers will receive the “Fili Ambassador” certificate.

The hanging forest of Cadorna

The “cycling superhighway” is a truly revolutionary and undoubtedly beautiful project. But the highlight of the whole work is another: above the Cadorna station, in fact, an entire hanging forest will be installed along the entire bundle of tracks, which will become 72 thousand square meters wide, and which will be able to provide oxygen for the city.

Basically it is an extension of the Sempione park, from where you can then leave by bicycle for Malpensa.

The green turning point in Milan and the neighboring municipalities

Along the way, the cycle path will touch various municipalities and city landmarks. But nothing will be left to chance: in fact, thousands of trees will be planted across an area of 41,000 hectares during the first phase of the work, which has taken on the nice name of Piantalalì.

During the work, the areas next to the stations of Saronno, Busto Arsizio and Bovisa will be redeveloped, and it is precisely in correspondence with the latter that the new headquarters of Ferrovie Nord will be built.

In Busto Arsizio, on the other hand, a real railway district will be built, in which a new urban park over a kilometer long will be created, a green hill will be built above the railway and above the station, for a total of 600 trees planted, as well as shrubs , lawns, areas for sports, games and free time, and a long pedestrian boulevard.

The Fili project in numbers

According to the official Fili website, the project has really interesting numbers. Here are some of them:

  • 4 connection centers
  • 188300 square meters of stations involved, an area equal to 722 tennis courts
  • 2 million square meters of total area of the project, equal to 1600 Olympic swimming pools
  • 41,000 hectares of area affected by tree planting, a size larger than Lake Garda.

The Fili tour

The first edition of the Fili Road Show was held from 12 to 18 July, a traveling show designed to introduce citizens to the six interventions of the project. In all, the itinerary will consist of 16 stages, and will take place between 2022 and 2023.

The first event, which has just ended, saw the inaugural ceremony with ribbon cutting in front of the authorities, such as the president of the Lombardy region Attilio Fontana, the councilor for infrastructures of the Lombardy region Claudia Maria Terzi and the president of FNM Andrea Gibelli.

Image gallery

Here are some pictures of the FILI project.

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