- The Minister assures that the work on this line will be completed in the last quarter of 2021 and that tests will be carried out before it is put into operation
- The head of Transport has announced that the Generalitat will allocate more than 50 million euros to improving the safety of the metro network
The Regional Minister for Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility, Arcadi España, visited the site of the work on the underground section of Metrovalencia’s Line 10, which will link the station located on Calle Alicante with the Natzaret district.
The Minister said that “the works on this line will be completed in the last quarter of 2021, as the health crisis has caused a delay in administrative procedures and the slowdown of work due to security measures that have needed to be implemented. Once the works have been completed, tests will be carried out before it is put into operation”.
In the Minister’s words, public transport continues to make progress “both in terms of the security measures adopted due to Covid and the improvement of infrastructure, as is the case with the work on L10, a fundamental line for connecting the centre with Nazaret and with the area of influence of the metropolitan region, thus completing the Metrovalencia network”.
FGV is carrying out the first construction works of the track superstructure, architecture and equipment of the underground section that has three stations: Alicante, Russafa and Amado Granell.
Renovation of lines 1, 2 and 3
Arcadi España has also informed that it is expected that, in this Friday’s session, the Plenary of the Valencian Council will authorise FGV to start the tender to renew the track equipment, level crossings and turnouts of the surface sections of lines 1, 2 and 3 of Metrovalencia, for an initial amount of 40 million euros.
The Minister added that FGV will also tender for the purchase of parts and maintenance of the metro units currently in circulation, for an amount exceeding 12 million euros. “These are actions which, like those already being carried out on Line 10, guarantee the future service provided by Metrovalencia to the citizens of Valencia, its metropolitan area and other towns in the province”, said the Minister.
Work on the underground section of Line 10
After cleaning the floors and walls, waterproofing and wall joint repair work is being carried out. In the next few days, the extension of the ventilation grilles in the stations will begin in order to achieve better integration with the urban environment.
The actions planned along the underground section have a budget of over 25 million euros and include the installation of the entire double track, switches and crossings, drainage, pumping and side channels for installations; and the architectural work for the three stations, which includes brickwork, finishes, flooring, vertical cladding, furniture, etc.
The construction project for this line as a whole has a budget of 50 million euros and is co-financed by the European Union, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) operational programme for the Community of Valencia 2014-2020.
Actions already carried out and under tender
As part of the actions planned by the Generalitat for the implementation of Line 10, last February the construction of the ramp connecting the underground and surface sections at the level of Avinguda Amado Granell was completed, which also included the construction of the Hermanos Maristas surface stop, for an amount of more than 3.8 million euros.
Last month, the tendering process for the pending actions was resumed, which had been suspended due to the declaration of the state of alarm. The first of these actions includes the installation of the line’s signposting, communication and safety systems, initially budgeted at 7.1 million euros.
The other contract deals with the adaptation works of the section on the surface, which includes the urbanisation and fitting of the stops and the lighting of the section already implemented, as well as the construction of the workrooms or provisional depots in Natzaret. This last tender amounts to 8 million euros.