- The Minister has announced an investment of 12 million euros and a period of 12 months to build the infrastructure.
- Arcadi España stressed that the project “has been designed based on the consensus with the least possible impact on the landscape”.
The Minister of Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility, Arcadi España, has announced that the Generalitat, through Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV), will start carrying out construction work for the new Quisi viaduct in Benissa, on TRAM d’Alacant’s Line 9 (Benidorm-Dénia) this year, as part of the modernisation plan that will be implemented along this line.
Together with the Managing Director of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV), Anaïs Menguzzato, the Minister Arcadi España has visited the area where the new Quisi viaduct will be built, a few metres from the current one.
This proceeding will allow to build a new viaduct near to the current one, also located on the Quisi ravine, downstream to the existing viaduct, on a slant compared to the old one and with a length of 370 metres. FGV has tendered for these works for an amount of 12,029,302.39 euros, VAT included, and has established a completion period of 12 months.
“This month is the deadline for the submission of bids that will allow FGV to start the evaluation and final awarding process and then start the works,” said the Minister.
Arcadi España also wanted to highlight that the action will be carried out “always with the agreement of the town councils involved and, in this specific case, with particular care so that, with the effort of all involved, it will have the minimum possible impact on the landscape, while ensuring that there is fundamental public transport, which is the railway in this area”.
In the Minister’s opinion, “we must take advantage of the economic and tourism potential, but also the landscape potential of these regions, such as that of the municipality of Benissa, because it is essential and we must take care of it. That is why, as I mentioned, we have tried to ensure that the project has the minimum impact on the landscape”.
The Quisi viaduct, built between 1913 and 1915, was refurbished in 2019 by FGV with the aim of making it possible to run the diesel trains that currently operate on Line 9. To complete the modernisation process of the line, the construction of a new bypass has been proposed to enable the new dual trains (electric-diesel) incorporated by FGV to run. This work, like the rest implemented on Line 9, is likely to be co-financed by the European Union through the Operational Programme of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Track renovation from Teulada to Dénia
The Minister also explained that “the renewal of the track between Teulada and Dénia is progressing according to plan in order to complete the work on the 17 kilometres of this section”.
The works between Teulada and Gata de Gorgos began in August 2020, with a planned completion period of 12 months. Among the most important proceedings of this section is the fitting out of the vertical gauge of the tunnels as well as the restoration and extension of the platform on the centennial stone viaduct in Gata.
Between Gata de Gorgos and Dénia the works continue at a good pace. As part of this proceeding, the tramway renovation of the urban layout of Dénia will be completed.
Arcadi España stated that, between the works carried out and the budgeted works on TRAM d’ Alacant’s Line 9, the Generalitat is making an investment of 150 million euros.