New Metro Tunnel In Valencia Will Boost Network Speed

The proposed new Metro tunnel in Valencia, between Bailen and Alameda, will not only make trains faster, but will also introduce another Metro station much closer to the city centre.

Valencia is a one-of-a-kind city where waiting for the metro usually takes longer than riding it. However, with the construction of the new Metro tunnel in Valencia, this will change, and the length of a journey on the network will be reduced.

Arcadi España, Minister of Territorial Policy, Public Works, and Mobility, announced in the presentation of the Metropolitan Mobility Plan of Valencia, the execution of a new metro tunnel in Valencia, between Bailen and Alameda, a key work to improve frequencies in the metro service, which would also allow for the construction of a new station in Valencia’s center.

He stated that the main goal is to “turn the Alameda station into a major interconnection point of lines in the Metrovalencia network, as well as to improve the overall frequency of the network.”

According to the minister, “The Colon-Alameda section carries almost all of the city’s traffic, and we have reached the network’s capacity limit. It is necessary to increase the capacity of that section in order to improve frequencies and expand the Metrovalencia network. As a result, a new metro tunnel in Valencia, with a new stop close to the Ayuntamiento de Valencia  is proposed “..

The extension of the Ribarroja line up to the municipality’s urban center, as well as the extension of the metro network towards the western corridor of l’Horta, connecting the municipalities of Xirivella, Alaquàs, Aldaia, and El Barri del Crist through a new metro service, are also on the list of new proposals.

The anticipated work on the Valencia railway “through tunnel,” which is part of a Mediterranean railway corridor, will also have an impact on the city’s existing Metro network. The Aragon station will be converted into a large metro-Cercanias intermodal station, and two new stations will be added to the existing Valencia Metro network, one near the universities on Avenida de Tarongers and the other near Fonteta de Sant Lluis.

Furthermore, the Generalitat intends to invest 400 million euros in four new metroTRAM lines to strengthen public transportation in the Metropolitan Area of Valencia in the northern corridor of the l’Horta region (Port de Sagunt – Sagunt – Rafelbunyol – Valencia); the northwest zone (Paterna-Burjassot – Parc Tecnologic – Valencia) the southern area of this region (Albal-Catarroja-Valencia) and the western area (Xirivella – Alaquàs – Aldaia – Barrio del Cristo).

This will be followed by the introduction of a single ticket for Metrovalencia, Metrobus, EMT, and Renfe public transportation services, which should make the entire infrastructure much easier to use.

The existing cycle paths will be extended as well; it is expected that when the work on Valencia’s traffic network is completed, the city will have 1.047 km of bicycle paths.

According to statistics, around 4,878,430 trips are made in the Valencia Metropolitan Area each day. However, the Minister has stated that for distances greater than 10 kilometers, nearly 80% of trips are made by private vehicles. This equates to about 850,000 daily trips into and out of the city, the number that City Council is hoping to reduce with the new proposal.

The Generalitat will invest approximately 1.750 million euros by 2035 in an effort to complete the works on the new metro tunnel in Valencia and the whole network. Around  72.5 million euros will be invested to promote the use of bicycles, close to 400 million euros will be invested to implement the new metroTram transportation system, and approximately 880 million euros will be invested in the new metro network infrastructure.

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