September 21, 2017

Granada opens first light rail line

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FIVE years after it was originally due to open, the first light rail line in the Spanish city of Granada finally began carrying passengers on September 21.

The 15.9km north-south line from Albolote to Armilla serves 26 stations and includes a 3km city centre tunnel with three underground stations.

Granada Metro will operate between 06.00 and 23.00 on Monday-Thursday, with operating hours extended until 02.00 on Fridays, Saturdays, and public holidays.

The line is forecast to carry 12.6 million passengers in the first year of operation, increasing to 12.9 million passengers in 2019 and 13.5 million in 2020.

Services are operated by a fleet of 15 Urbos low-floor LRVs supplied by CAF.

The line was originally due to open in early 2012, but work stalled in the wake of the Spanish economic crisis and only resumed in 2014 after the city secured a €260m loan from the European Investment Bank to complete the project.

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