Seville Metro

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Metro de Sevilla
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Overview
Locale Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Transit type Rapid transit/Light metro
Number of lines 1 (+ 3 in planning phase)
Number of stations 22
Annual ridership 14.0 million (2012)[1]
Website Metro Sevilla (English)
Operation
Began operation 2 April 2009; 5 years ago (2009-04-02)
Operator(s) Metro de Sevilla Sociedad Concesionaria de la Junta de Andalucía S.A.[2]
Number of vehicles 17
Technical
System length 18 km (11 mi)[3]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Top speed 70 km/h (43 mph)

The Seville Metro (Spanish: Metro de Sevilla) is a 18-kilometre (11 mi) light metro[4] network serving the city of Seville, Spain and its metropolitan area. The system is totally independent of any other rail or street traffic. All 22 stations were built with platform screen doors.

It was the sixth Metro system to be built in Spain, after those in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao and Palma de Mallorca. Currently, it is the fifth biggest Metro company in Spain by number of passengers carried – it carried 14.0 million passengers in 2012.[1]

History[edit]

Original project[edit]

First metro 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.

Revised metro project[edit]

Seville Metro map
Nervión station
San Bernardo station
Plaza de Cuba station

In 1999 a new metro project was started by the Seville Metro Corporation (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.[3]

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.

System[edit]

   Metro de Sevilla
Line     Terminals       Length     Stations     In service     Opened  
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Ciudad Expo
Olivar Quintos
18 km
22
21
2 April 2009

Line 1[edit]

Main article: Seville Metro line 1

Future service[edit]

   Metro de Sevilla
Line     Terminals       Length     Stations     In service     Opened  
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Torreblanca
Puerta Triana
13.4 km
18
0
2017 (partial)
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Pino Montano
Bermejales
11.5 km
17
0
2017 (partial)
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Circular line
17.7 km
24
0
2017 (partial)

Line 2 (in planning phase)[edit]

Main article: Seville Metro line 2
  • Line 2, West-East
    • Tipology: Underground
    • Stops: 18
    • Length: 13.4 km.
    • Number of trains:
    • Start of the works: Late 2011 (expected)
    • End of the works: Late 2017 (expected)
    • License holder:

Line 3 (in planning phase)[edit]

  • Line 2, North-South
    • Tipology: Underground
    • Stops: 17
    • Length: 11.5 km.
    • Number of trains:
    • Start of the works: Late 2011 (expected)
    • End of the works: Late 2017 (expected)
    • License holder:

Line 4 (in planning phase)[edit]

  • Line 4, circular
    • Tipology: Underground
    • Stops: 24
    • Length: 17.7 km.
    • Number of trains:
    • Start of the works: Late 2011 (expected)
    • End of the works: Late 2017 (expected)
    • License holder:

Tram lines[edit]

Main article: MetroCentro (Seville)
  • MetroCentro (Seville)|MetroCentro (T1), surface tram through the centre 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)

Future tramlines[edit]

  • Aljarafe tram. Street level.
    • Start of the works: 2005.
  • Dos Hermanas tram. Street level.
    • Start of the works: 2008.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Balance Anual 2012" [Annual Results 2012] (pdf) (in Spanish). Metro Sevilla. 28 January 2013. p. 5. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  2. ^ "Who we are". Metro Sevilla. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Sevilla metro inaugurated". Railway Gazette International. 6 April 2009. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  4. ^ Michael Taplin (March 2013). "Home - World Systems List index - World List P-T - Spain (ES)". Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA). Retrieved 2014-05-18. 

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