PUBLIC consultations have begun for the construction of a four-line metro network in the Spanish city of Sevilla. Promoter of the 47 km network is Metro de Sevilla, a joint venture company formed by the city administration and the Andalucia regional government. An environmental impact study costing Pts346m has been commissioned for completion within a year.

With several sections of tunnel already extant from an abortive scheme in the early 1980s, the company hopes to be able to open the first route in 2003. Line 1 would run north-south from Pino Montano to a city-centre interchange with Line 3 at Prado de San Sebasti