Ferrovial-led consortium wins €300 million deal to extend Barcelona railway tunnel

By Neil Gerrard19 July 2023

A digital render of the new Barcelona commuter line extension in cross section Image: Ferrovial

Contractor Ferrovial, in consortium with Sacyr, Copisa and Copcisa, has won a €300 million deal to extend a commuter rail tunnel in Barcelona, Spain.

The work will involve building an extra 4km of tunnel for Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGS) and three new stations, as well as upgrading two existing stations.

The Llobregat-Anoia line extension project will connect the FGC Vallès and Baix Llobregat-Anoia lines, cutting transit time by an average of over four minutes by avoiding the need to change trains.

The new twin-track tunnel to be built with a tunnel boring machine.

The project also includes building two emergency exits, one at the intersection of Consell de Cent and Comte Urgell streets and the second at the intersection of Muntaner and Mariá Cubí streets.

The consortium will build the three new stations on the new section of line: Hospital Clínic, Francesc Macià and Gràcia. The Gràcia and Plaça Espanya stations will be upgraded.

Ferrovial said the aim of the project is to improve and expand public transport coverage in a densely populated area of Barcelona by connecting several key facilities such as Hospital Clínic and the industrial engineering school.

The project is expected to benefit 19.5 million users per year once it is completed.

The work will begin at the end of this summer, with completion expected within five years.

Over 13,500 homes, premises and parking garages will be inspected before tunnel boring work commences.

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