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SPAIN: A 24-month contract to construct a 2·5 km extension to the 9·5 km light rail network in Vitoría-Gasteiz was awarded to a consortium formed by Tecsa Altuna and Uría on February 21.

The metre-gauge extension would link Florida tram stop with Salburua. The Tecsa Altuna/Uría consortium’s €15·5m offer was one of eight evaluated by regional infrastructure authority Euskal Trenbide Sarea. Around two-thirds of the cost is to be met by the Basque government with the rest equally funded by the city council and the province of Álava. Construction is expected to start in the first half of the year.

The five-stop extension is planned to open before the end of the year, turning the Y-shaped network into an X-shape configuration.

The city has longer term plans to create an east-west tram line across the city centre which would serve the suburb of Zabalgana, but the precise route and timescale for the work has yet to be defined.