Top Cable works on the Malaga Metro
With an anticipated 17 million users in the first year, the Malaga Metro network will be the seventh to be opened in Spain, after the metros in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Palma de Mallorca and Seville.
The Malaga Metro is a transportation network for the city of Malaga based on various connected metro lines serviced with tram units.
This network, currently under construction, will join various points of the city and will have links with the other transportation networks of the Consorcio de Transporte Metropolitano del Área de Málaga (bus, local train and metro). Lines 1 and 2 of the Malaga Metro have a total length of 13.5 kilometres, including the shared stretch between Renfe and La Malagueta, and will consist of 20 stations.
Its route goes through the most densely populated area of Malaga (District of Carretera de Cádiz and Cruz del Humilladero), the centre of the city (where the María Zambrano railway station is located) and the area for new equipment and metropolitan services (University, Hospital Clínico and Ciudad de la Justicia). The number of travellers for the first year is estimated at 17 million users. All lines will use trams with a capacity for 202 passengers (145 standing and 57 sitting). The maximum velocity that these units reach is 70 km/h.
The Malaga Metro, with an infrastructure promoted by the Regional Government of Andalucia through the Consejería de Obras Públicas y Vivienda, ends year 2010 with the greatest annual production volume since the start of construction in 2006, with an investment of over 170 million Euros in civil engineering and railway installations/ systems over the course of this fiscal year. In parallel, the greatest volume of worker recruitment has also been recorded, highlighting the last month of November with 1743 direct jobs, and a monthly average of 1543 direct workers. These figures emphasize that the construction of lines 1 and 2 of the suburban train currently constitute the greatest source of investment in Malaga capital and that the pace of implementing the works has increased in the last twelve months, thus facing the final phase of this infrastructure which already covers the entire route, spanning 13.5 kilometres in length and 20 stations.
The largest part of the investment made during this fiscal year -60%- was dedicated to infrastructure (construction of tunnels, stations, surface platforms and reurbanisation); followed by 20% for the installations (electrification, signage, communications and power supply) and 10% for the architecture of the stations (finishes and terminations). Funding of the work is provided by the Regional Government of Andalucia (half of the investment), the Malaga City Council and the Government of Spain.
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