THE CATALUNYA regional government has awarded a consortium of Dragados, Necso, Comsa, ACS and Soirgué a contract worth €89·8m to build the Sagrera-Meridiana - Onze de Setembre section of Line 9 on the Barcelona metro network.

The contract also includes the boring of a 12m diameter tunnel for the largely parallel section of Line 4 between Santander and Sagrera-Meridiana, part of the extension from La Pau, and construction of the new Line 4 station at Sagrera-Meridiana (currently Sagrera served by Lines 1 and 5).

This section of Line 4 is to be used by Line 9 trains while work continues on the new line between Sagrera-Meridiana and Zona Universitària. Spoil will be removed through the parallel tunnel for Line 9. A second contract worth €88·9m covers tunnels connecting Lines 4 and 9 with a new depot to be built east of the high speed station at Sagrera. This has been awarded to FCC, Copcisa, OHL, Ferrovial-Agrom