ON JANUARY 11 Mayor of Valencia, Rita Barber?, joined Jos? Ram?n Garc?a Ant?n, Minister for Transport & Infrastructure in the Valencia regional government, to mark the start of work on the 5?1?km southern section of Line T2 from Alicante to Nazaret. With six intermediate stations, and running partly in tunnel, the light rail line is expected to take 27 months to complete at a cost of k141m.The northern section of Line T2, running on the surface for 3?km with six stops from Orriols/Torrefiel to Pont de Fusta, is currently under construction. The two portions are be linked by a tunnel under the historic core of Valencia, and on January 11 the mayor and minister signed an agreement for the k60m development of Mercado station.By 2011 the number of stations on the Valencia Metro is due to grow from 115 to 211 under a k1?4bn investment programme. The extension of Line 5 to Valencia Airport is now expected to open in April, operated with eight of the 40 Series 4300 trainsets that Vossloh Espa?a is supplying for this route and Line 1 at a cost of k200m. At its eastern end, Line 5 is to be extended to Mar?timo-Serrer?a where it will connect with an extension of light rail route T4 through the port district.n