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Seville Metro
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Info
Locale Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 22 (List)
Operation
Began operation 2 April 2009
Operator(s) Metro de Sevilla
Technical
System length 18.2 km (11.3 mi)

The Seville metro (Metro de Sevilla in Spanish) is a light metro network serving the city of Seville, Spain and its metropolitan area. The first line was opened on 2 April 2009.[1] The system is totally independent of any other rail or street traffic. All stations were built with platform screen doors.

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Old project

Construction of a metro in Seville began in 1974 with three proposed lines, covering only the city of Seville:

  • Line 1:
    • Stops: La Plata, Puerta Jerez, Plaza Nueva, Plaza del Duque, Alameda, Macarena, Pino Montano.
  • Line 2:
    • Stops: Santa Clara, Polígono San Pablo, Alhóndiga, Plaza del Duque, Marqués de Paradas, El Tardón, Rubén Darío.
  • Line 3:
    • Stops: Heliópolis, San Bernardo, Menéndez y Pelayo, Recaredo, Macarena, Cartuja.

This project was cancelled in 1983, after construction had begun on some of the tunnels, due to fears that historic buildings might be damaged. The economic viability of the metro was also questionable in a city whose population had not grown as much as predicted.

New project

Nervión station
San Bernardo station
Plaza de Cuba station

In 1999 a new metro project was started by the Seville Metro Corporation (in Spanish, Sociedad del Metro de Sevilla), founded by a former mayor of Seville. It was scheduled to be completed in 2006, but only began operation on 2 April 2009.

The new project plans a network covering Seville and its metropolitan area (1,500,000 inhabitants) formed by four lines, all of them, completely independent of other traffic:

Line 1

  • Line 1, West-South: Underground.
    • Stops: 22; Ciudad Expo, Cavaleri (Mairena del Aljarafe), San Juan Alto, San Juan Bajo (San Juan de Aznalfarache), Blas Infante, Parque de los Príncipes, Plaza de Cuba, Puerta de Jerez, Prado de San Sebastián, San Bernardo, Nervión, Gran Plaza, Mayo, Amate, La Plata, Cocheras, Guadaira, Pablo de Olavide (Seville), Condequinto, Montequinto, Europa, Olivar de Quinto (Dos Hermanas).
    • Length: 19 Km.
    • Number of trains: 17, manufactured by CAF.
    • Number of stations: 22.
    • Start of the works: Late 2003.
    • End of the works: April 2009.
    • License holder: Dragados.

Line 2

  • Line 2, West-East. Underground.
    • Start of the works: 2010 (estimated)
    • Length: 12 kilometres
    • Number of stations: 17

Line 3

  • Line 3, North-South. Underground.
    • Start of the works: 2010 (estimated)
    • Length: 11 kilometres
    • Number of stations: 17

Line 4

  • Line 4, Semicircular. Underground.
    • Start of the works: 2010 (estimated)
    • Length: 15 kilometres
    • Number of stations: 19

Tram lines

  • MetroCentro (T1), surface tram by the center of Seville: Street level.
    • Stops: Plaza Nueva, Archivo de Indias, San Fernando and Prado de San Sebastián.
    • Length: 2.7 kilometres
    • Number of trains: 7 (manufactured by CAF).
    • Start of the works: Mid 2005.
    • End of the works: Spring/Summer 2007 (Only Prado de San Sebastián–San Fernando–Archivo de Indias–Plaza Nueva stations)
  • Aljarafe tram. Street level.
    • Start of the works: 2005.
  • Dos Hermanas tram. Street level.
    • Start of the works: 2008.

See also

  • TUSSAM, company that operates the bus network of Seville.
  • Consorcio de Transportes de Sevilla, consortium that operates the intercity bus network of the metropolitan area of Seville.
  • RENFE, operator of the commuter train system of Seville.

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