- The Alacant, Russafa and Amado Granell facilities will have a total of 15 lifts and 15 escalators
- This week work has also begun on the installation of the catenary posts for the line that will link the city centre and Natzaret.
The Generalitat has installed the first escalators and lifts for the three underground stations on Metrovalencia’s Line 10 (Alacant-Natzaret) as part of the construction process for the underground section of the line.
Overall, a total of 15 escalators and 15 lifts are planned to be installed in the Alacant, Russafa and Amado Granell stations. At present, the equipment connecting the lobbies with the platform has been installed and later on the equipment connecting the lobbies with the outdoors will be fitted out.
The managing director of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV), Anaïs Menguzzato, explained that “these facilities guarantee, as in the rest of the underground stations in the network, accessibility for all users, from the street to inside the station and from the lobby to the platform”.
The incorporation of lifts and escalators is part of the actions planned along the underground section, with a budget of more than 25 million euros.
The works include the installation of the entire double track and switches and crossings; drainage and side channels; and the architectural work of the three stations, which includes finishes, flooring, vertical cladding, furnishing, etc.
Menguzzato has highlighted that “all the actions planned by the Generalitat for this line are underway and are being carried out as planned, with the aim that the new tram connection that will link the city centre of Valencia and the Natzaret district will be in service in the first quarter of 2022”.
Operations carried out on the surface section
At the same time, the first of the nearly 200 catenary posts planned along the entire route have begun to be installed on the surface section. These posts have been installed on the surface section of Amado Granell Avenue and the work will continue until the end of April, until reaching the Natzaret stop.
This proceeding is part of the electrification works, installation of substations and link-ups of the line, with a budget of more than six million euros. In addition, this project includes the construction of two traction substations located in Amado Granell and Moreres, with the corresponding high voltage link-ups to them.
On the surface section, from the exit of the tunnel at the Amado Granell ramp to the Natzaret district, work is being carried out on the track superstructure and later on the architecture and equipment of the shelters, lighting, communications, tolls and passenger information and the urban development of the areas involved will be completed.
The proceedings planned for this section, budgeted at around six million euros, also include the construction in the Natzaret district of the provisional depot for the tram units that will run on this line and the fitting out of a third shunting track, next to the City of Arts and Sciences stop.
Likewise, it is scheduled that next week work will begin on the replacement of the road on the Avenida Antonio Ferrandis roadway, to reinstall the tracks that were removed a few years ago.
In terms of works that have already been carried out, in February 2020 the construction of the ramp connecting the underground and surface sections at the level of Amado Granell Avenue was completed, which also included the construction of the Hermanos Maristas surface stop, for an amount of more than 3.8 million euros.
The signposting, communication and safety works, budgeted at more than five million euros, are also underway.
Once completed, Line 10 will connect the centre of Valencia with the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències area and the Natzaret district, considerably expanding the transport service of the Metrovalencia network. This line combines underground and surface sections, with a distance of 5.3 kilometres and 8 stations and stops (3 underground and 5 on the surface).
The construction project for this line as a whole is co-financed by the European Union, through the 2014-2020 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) operational programme for the Valencian Community.