VALENCIA metro operator FGV and the region’s department of public works reached agreement in October to put two more sections of the city’s metro and light rail network underground.

The bigger project covers the reconstruction of a section of the existing north-south Line 1 through the town of Torrent, capital of the Horta Sud municipality, which is expanding rapidly. As well as allowing urban development across the rail route, the work will include the construction of a second station on the Avenida del País Valencià. FGV has already started a Pts78m programme to install automatic signalling on Line 1 between Torrent and Vilanova de Castelló.

The second tunnel will carry a section of FGV’s planned light rail Line T2, which will link Orríols, Parque Central and the Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencas. This will run underground from Pont de Fusta and the planned interchange with Renfe at Norte station. The line will be worked by low-floor cars, and using low platforms in the tunnel section is expected to reduce the cost to Pts20bn, much less than the cost of the tunnel section of metro Line 3.