Alicante Tram

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Alicante Tram
TRAM Metropolitano de Alicante (Spanish)
TRAM Metropolità d'Alacant (Valencian)
TRAM - Metropolitano de Alicante -T-.svg
Overview
Locale Alicante, Valencia, Spain
Transit type Tram
Tram-train
Commuter rail
Website www.fgvalicante.com
Operation
Began operation 1999
Operator(s) FGV
Lines of Alicante Tram

TRAM - Alicante Esquema de Red.svg

The Alicante Tram, trademarked as Alicante Metropolitan TRAM (Valencian: TRAM Metropolità d'Alacant, Spanish: TRAM Metropolitano de Alicante),[a][b] operates in the Spanish city of Alicante (Valencia) and its surrounding area. Like other narrow gauge railways in the Valencian Community, it is run by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV). It was inaugurated on 15 August 2003 replacing narrow-gauge diesel trains between Alicante and El Campello.

The Alicante Metropolitan Tram light rail combines different modes of rail services: a partially underground modern tramway through Alicante city centre, a tram-train from Alicante to Benidorm, and conventional commuter rail from Benidorm to Altea, Calp and Dénia.

History[edit]

There has been a rich history of urban rail service in Alicante. The tram service began on 13 July 1893 and the network was rapidly expanding to Mutxamel (1902), Elche and Crevillent (1905) and San Vicente del Raspeig (1906). Initially, the streetcars were horse-drawn. Since 1903 the trams were carried as well by the power of steam engine, leading to the disappearance of the horse-drawn trams by 1924. The electrification of tram lines began in 1923. In 1920s and 30s the network was further expanded throughout the city and was extensively used in 1940s. In 1950s, due to high costs of electricity, trams were gradually losing the competition against growing automobile services and by 14 November 1969 they completely disappeared from the streets. Thirty years later, on 13 March 1999 the trams were back with the inauguration of an experimental route between Plaza del Mar and Albufereta that was extended to El Campello in 2003.[1][2]

Lines[edit]

Tram at Lucentum station going to El Campello on line L3
Flexity Outlook type tram at the station Alicante - La Marina
New MAN 2500 series diesel train at depot near La Marina station
Old MAN 2300 series diesel train in El Campello station

The network comprises the following lines:

  • L1 (tram-train), limited-stop service from Alicante city centre to Benidorm (70 minutes). In Benidorm it connects with line L9 to Dénia.
  • L2 (tram), from the city centre to the General Hospital of Alicante, the University of Alicante and San Vicente del Raspeig (15 minutes).
  • L3 (tram), stopping service from Alicante to El Campello (30 minutes).
  • L4 (tram), from the city centre to a loop in Playa de San Juan district (30 minutes).
  • 4L (tram), from Alicante port: discontinued 30/06/13, Puerta del Mar through the site of the former FGV Railway station of La Marina to Sangueta, where it used to connect with Lines L1, L3, and L4 (no service).
  • L9 (diesel train), from Benidorm along the coast to Dénia, stopping at other important tourist towns like Altea and Calp. Services are subject to disruption due to engineering works as the line is prepared for electrification (60 minutes).

Lines L1, L2, L3 and L4 share the city centre underground section between MARQ and the city centre Luceros station. The Mercado (Valencian: Mercat) station on the segment was opened on 10 May 2007 and the Luceros was opened on 18 June 2010.

Construction and plans[edit]

The underground section has been constructed to continue westward to Estació Multimodal serving the Adif station (and a possible relocation of the bus station).

Line L2 (tram), using the same underground stretch as lines L1, L3 and L4, now connects the centre of Alicante with the University of Alicante in San Vicente del Raspeig.

There are plans to extend the tram-train service southwards to Alicante Airport, El Altet, Elche, Gran Alacant, Santa Pola, Guardamar and Torrevieja. According to the local press it seems unlikely that any of these extensions will be built in the near future due to lack of funds.

Gallery[edit]

underground stations

ground stations

overpasses and aqueducts

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pronunciation:
  2. ^ Local nicknames:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alicante: de la diligencia al Tram (la exposición)". La Conselleria d'Infraestructures i Transport i Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana. 2007. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Alicante en el recuerdo: el tranvía y nuestra ciudad". Alicante Vivo. 2007-07-28. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°21′55″N 0°26′40″W / 38.36528°N 0.44444°W / 38.36528; -0.44444