AT THE end of last month Valencia metro operator FGV was due to put into service the first section of Line 5, a 2·5 km branch running from Alameda on Line 3 to Parque Ayora in the east of the city (RG 6.02 p287). With intermediate stations at Aragón and Manuel Candela, the new route is expected to carry up to 5million passengers during its first year in service.

Line 5 is due to be extended westwards to the airport at Manises in 2006, using what is presently Line 3 from Alameda to Mislata-Almassil. From here to the airport metro services would make use of the existing Renfe branch to Riba-roja de Túria, which is due to be transferred to FGV in January 2004.