Tram-train in Germany.

A DRAFT agreement for construction of a 13·6 km tram-train route connecting the city of Cádiz with the neighbouring communities of San Fernando and Chiclana de la Frontera has been sent to the two municipalities by the Andalucía regional government.

The project has been costed at €140·5m excluding electrification, signalling and telecommunications work, as well as the acquisition of a fleet of low-floor LRVs.

The route would have a total of 17 stops on its 13·2 km of new infrastructure, running from Chiclana via Caño Zurraque to San Fernando. The LRVs would then join ADIF infrastructure between Bahía-Sur and Cortadura, calling at five stations on the existing line into Cádiz.

Serving a population of 233 500, the tram-train route is projected to carry 11 600 passengers a day. With services operating every 10min at peak times, the journey time between Chiclana and Cádiz would be 38 min.