Buildings shaken by the metro, 72 reports on the Red

Simona Romanò
Buildings that tremble, as if there was an earthquake in Milan, due to the vibrations caused by the passage of the subway trains every two minutes. Creaking floors and deep cracks opening up on the apartment walls. Pieces of plaster that come off the wall and windows of the houses that shatter. The tremors that torment the residents of some blocks of flats along the tracks of the underground tracks are back. The truce lasted for all the hardest months of the pandemic, but now, with the subway at full capacity, the problem returns. And protests re-explode “for disturbances and architectural damage caused to buildings”: a series of inconveniences that began in 2019, which led ATM, the Municipality and the Milanese Metro, with the contribution of the Polytechnic, to set up a technical table to seek solutions. The maintenance activities have started to eliminate or at least reduce the rumblings and oscillations, which “however persist”, complain the citizens. From Buonarroti to Piola. From Conciliazione to Gorla. From Sesto Marelli to Loreto.
SOS VIBRATIONS. Starting from January 2021, the non-profit association Mission Noise has collected all the reports of the inhabitants, with the critical points along the Milanese underground network, starting from January 2021. There are 72 alerts along the Red line, the oldest and the most problematic, concentrated on the sections between Sesto Marelli and Sesto Rondò, between Gorla and Pasteur. In Loreto, Cadorna, Lotto, Buonarroti, at the Molino Dorino terminus. Twelve complaints along the Green, concentrated between Caiazzo-Loreto and between Moscova-Lanza. One sign on the Gialla (Duomo station) and three on the Lilac, which is the last one built.
RESIDENT ANGER. “Peace reigns only from midnight and a half until 5.30, or when the subway is not in operation,” explains Marco Barbuti, spokesman for the residents of via Boccaccio. “The vibrations on the Cadorna-Conciliazione section have surpassed all precedents and cause material and biological damage”. They presented a petition signed by 375 people and a nine-page complaint to the Municipality, Atm and Mm. The reason? “A situation now unsustainable, with buildings full of cracks.” The petition was also signed by the inhabitants of other districts of Milan, angered by the tremors: from those in via Palestrina to those in piazzale Piola, right above one of the curves of the M2.
COMMON. The crux of the jolts also reached the Mobility Committee at Palazzo Marino where there was talk of “a real problem”, but “the diagnosis was missing”. To remedy this, the technicians also hypothesized to insert shock absorbing bearings under the worn tracks, so as to cushion the jolts of the trains; and in the three-year plan of public works, 50 million euros have been allocated for the anti-vibration treatment.
ATM. The company announces that “the ordinary grinding interventions are continuing”. Instead, “the extraordinary operations are scheduled on the basis of the indications of Mm, appointed by the Municipality to carry out the surveys”. It is precisely “new findings to establish the gravity of the situation” to be asked by citizens.

Last updated: Monday 15 November 2021, 05:01



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