By Linda Hall • 08 July 2020 • 18:24
EASY ACCESS: Platforms are being raised in Alfaz
THE Generalitat allocated €11.224 million for improvements to all 13 of Line 9’s Tram stations and halts, plus five on Line 1.
Line 9 covers the Benidorm-Denia route while Line 1 links Luceros in Alicante City with Benidorm.
The cash will enable regional rail operator FGV to modify platforms to allow easy access to the new electro-diesel trains but the project includes dismantling the now unused Disco Benidorm halt and replacing the track-bed and rails in Benidorm.
Work has already begun on platforms at the Cami Coves halt inside the Benidorm boundary and Alfaz station, FGV revealed.
In 2012, there were rumours that the regional government of the day intended to close narrow-gauge, single track Line 9. Like Line 1, it was built a century ago, possessing spectacular views and fine examples of early 20th century railway architecture.
Instead, the Generalitat understood to modernise the line and to date has spent €130 million. The project has had many setbacks after the Calpe-Denia section had to be closed on safety grounds in 2016, although the entire line is expected to come into service by late 2021.
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