PUBLIC CONSULTATION began in July for the route of a 40 km metro loop serving the rapidly expanding southern suburbs of the Spanish capital. Madrid Region’s Councillor for Public Works Luis Eduardo Cortés explained the definitive route alignments for the Metro Sur project. This is to serve the satellite towns of Móstoles, Fuenlabrada, Alcorcón, Leganés and Getafe, which together now accommodate more than 1 million inhabitants.

Construction of the line is due to get under way next March, with opening envisaged for the autumn of 2003. The line will have 28 stations, including six interchanges with Renfe’s radial suburban routes. There will be a short spur from the northern side of the circular route to an interchange with metro Line 10 at Bat