CATALUNYA REGIONAL government’s construction authority GISA has awarded a contract worth €31m for civil works, tracklaying and electrification on the extension of Barcelona metro Line 2 from Pep Ventura to Badalona Centre.

Work is due to start in the first quarter of 2005 for completion within 26 months. Signalling, station equipment and architectural services will be procured under separate contracts.

Public consultation is underway for a 5·2 km extension of Line 2 at its western end, from Sant Antoni to Fira 2 on Line 9 via four intermediate stations, including interchanges with Line 3 at Poble Sec and the Zona Franca branch of Line 9 at Foc Cisell. The Sant Antoni - Paral·lel section of Line 2 would be taken out of public service but retained for train stabling.

The extension of Line 2 to Fira 2 has been costed at €414m, and is expected to carry over 15·5million passengers a year. Under the current schedule, work is expected to begin in the second half of 2006 and take 48 months to complete.

  • Proposals to build a new station on Line 4 between Maragall and Llucmajor at Virrei Amat have also been put out to consultation. Sharing a new 780m2 entrance hall with the station of the same name on Line 5, Virrei Amat would take 18 months to build at an estimated cost of €24·3m.