The extended Malaga Metro network in Spain has begun operating, according to Spanish metro operator Metro de Málaga. The network has now reached the city center with this launch. Metro de Malaga chose Alstom to create the CBTC signaling technology for this extension, in line with the rest of the network.
Since the network’s inception in 2014, Alstom’s CBTC Urbalis 400 signaling system has been used on the metro system. Two new stations, Guadalmedina and Atarazanas, as well as 1.7 kilometers of the rail line, are part of the new extension. It connects the most populated areas with the historic center. Furthermore, it allows for intramodality with other modes of transportation.
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Malaga Metro network extension
According to Malaga Metro, the newly extended line will more than double its current capacity for handling passengers each year. Thus, it will increase from roughly seven million to 14 million. Metro de Málaga currently runs two lines with 19 train stations and a total length of 13 km.
In a statement, Metro de Málaga said: “Thanks to a radio communication system. It enables the location of trains to be shared in real-time, enhancing the operability and capacity of the network. More than 30 cities around the world have successfully implemented this solution. The system, updated frequently, provides various functions that enhance average speed and interval performance.
Earlier this month, Alstom opened a new production facility in Lecco, Italy. The facility is meant to create electrification tools for the railway sector. It was constructed with a nearly €2 million investment. It will thus produce power transmission parts for rail, metro, and tram lines.