SPAIN: The regional government of Andalucía has awarded a €16·4m contract to Alstom Transport and Inabensa for the supply and installation of overhead line equipment and power supplies for the initial tram route in Granada.

Due to open for revenue service in 2011, the 15·9 km initial route will link Armilla in the southwest with Albolote in the north, serving 26 stops. The route includes a 2·5 km tunnel under the River Genil and the city centre. It will also provide an interchange to the ADIF main line station. Serving a population of around 140 000 passengers living within 500 m of the stops, the line is expected to carry around 12 million passengers a year.

Requiring the installation of 35 km of catenary and the construction of seven substations, the electrification contract is to be managed from Alstom’s facilities in Linares. The company says that its share of the work is worth €9·8m. With a local office in Málaga, Inabensa is a specialist in the design and manufacture of substations for railway electrification systems.