NEXT MONTH should see the start of work on a 1·8 km extension of Buenos Aires metro Line B at a cost of 34m pesos. Civil engineering contractor Techint was selected as preferred bidder for the work on April 21 and the contract was signed a week later.

The extension from Federico Lacroze to Los Incas will include one intermediate station at Tronador. It will be built by cut-and-cover along the Avenida Triunvirato. Alejandro Nazar Anchorena, president of the state holding company Subterraneos de Buenos Aires Sociedad del Estado, hopes to start work on a second 1·7 km extension along the same road by 2002, adding further stations at Echeveria and Villa Urquiza. The city government has allocated 50m pesos towards the cost of the two extensions.

Ceremonies were due to be held at the end of May for the opening of another station on Line D. Buenos Aires’ Secretary of Public Works Hugo Clausse announced in April that the next 1 km of tunnel under Avenida Cabildo and the station at Juramento would be ready imminently. He expects the new Line D terminus at Monroe to be open by the end of this year.