SPAIN: Work is now underway on the two branches that will form Line 2 of the light rail network in the Spanish city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (RG 10.07 p597). Under a contract worth €11·4m, a joint venture of Acciona Infraestructuras, Comsa, Promotora Punta Larga and Tinerfeña Obras Públicas is building the 1·03 km section to La Cuesta, with one intermediate stop at Parque de Ofra, due for completion within 11 months.Tenerife tram

With an intermediate stop at El Rosario, the 1·18 km branch to Tíncer is being built by Dragados, Tecsa and Constructora Herreña Fronpeca under a €16m contract. Construction supervision services are being provided for both contracts by Sener and Teno.

The two branches will be connected by a 1·44 km section of Line 1 including the stops at Hospital Universitario and Cardonal, already in service, to form the 3·64 km Line 2. Due to open in 2009, Line 2 is expected to carry 1·4 million passengers in its first year of operations.

Alstom is supplying an additional six Citadis LRVs to operate the new route, while electrification equipment is being supplied by Efacec and Cemasa under a contract worth €939 000. Ikusi and Efacec are supplying other equipment including signalling, communications, CCTV and ticketing for €3·3m.