- The Minister, Arcadi España, has stated that the investment exceeds 200,000 euros and that the proceeding involves integrating the station into the municipality.
- Along with the consolidation of the structure, the accessibility of the building and the exterior and interior conditions will be improved.
The Minister for Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility, Arcadi España, has announced that the refurbishment of Metrovalencia’s Alginet station building “will be completed next September”, after six months of intense work.
These statements were made during the visit he made to the facilities of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV) in the municipality, accompanied by the managing director of the public company, Anaïs Menguzzato, and the mayor of Alginet, José Vicente Alemany.
Arcadi España has assured that “Alginet station is historic, it is more than 100 years old, and has been closed for three years. Now, the Generalitat and FGV will invest more than 200,000 euros in improving it, tidying it up and integrating the ticket offices within the station itself, while the facility is integrated into the entire urban core”.
The Minister, who thanked the City Council for their collaboration in a “much-demanded proceeding”, added that it will become a “reality in September, when Alginet will have the station it deserves integrated into the town centre”.
The Generalitat, through FGV, will invest 217,834 euros, VAT included, in refurbishing Metrovalencia’s Alginet station building, affected by an episode of rain that caused the detachment of part of the roof of this building.
In order to start the necessary proceedings, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV) awarded the implementation of the refurbishment works to L’Ullal Park Red Ferroviaria SL. This proceeding includes changing the roof, and refurbishing and commissioning the building, which is currently closed to the public.
FGV has planned this refurbishment project with the aim of reopening these facilities to the public in complete safety for users. The planned works will allow to repair the deterioration and damage of the wooden structures of the roof to ensure its stability.
In turn, the public company has also incorporated in the project a series of operations that will improve the accessibility to the building and the urban environment of the municipality; the sustainability of the construction material and the character of the original building, as well as the internal reorganisation and formation of a premise with no specific use that can be managed independently of the station.
Alginet station is part of Line 1 (Bétera-Villanueva de Castellón). In 2020 it was the second station in the region of La Ribera with the most users, with 52,374, a number markedly lower than in 2019 when, without the pandemic, 96,329 travellers were registered.
The original building, dated 1895 and designed by the engineer Juan Pérez San Millán, has undergone significant alterations over the years, including the raising of the platform levels, the opening of new spaces, enlargements and changes in carpentry.