Alicante railway station

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Alicante
Alicante railway station.JPG
Two AVE Class 100 trains at the Alicante terminal.
Location Avenida de Salamanca, Alicante
Spain
Coordinates 38°20′40″N 0°29′41.9″W / 38.34444°N 0.494972°W / 38.34444; -0.494972Coordinates: 38°20′40″N 0°29′41.9″W / 38.34444°N 0.494972°W / 38.34444; -0.494972
Owned by adif
Line(s) Alaris, Altaria, Alvia, Euromed, Talgo
L-1, L-2 (Valencia, Cartagena, Ciudad Real)
C-1, C-3 (Murcia, San Vicente del Raspeig)
History
Opened 1858
Electrified Yes

Alicante terminal (Valencian: Alacant terminal) is the central railway station of Alicante, Spain. Commonly referred locally as the RENFE station, the station is part of Adif system, and is a terminal station.

The station accommodates RENFE long-distance and medium-distance trains, and it is the origin of lines C-1 and C-3 of Cercanías Murcia/Alicante (suburban trains). The station is not related to the narrow gauge railway Alicante-Dénia managed by FGV and part of the city's tram network.

By the end of 2013, AVE (high-speed) railway is expected to reach Alicante. While a new intermodal station is to be constructed in place of the current terminal, a temporal terminal is to be utilized by the high speed trains.[1][2]

History[edit]

Alicante Terminal in 2005

The first train to Alicante arrived from Madrid on 4 January 1858. It took almost 10 years to construct a railway from Madrid to Alicante, which was carried out by Compañía de los Ferrocarriles de Madrid a Zaragoza y Alicante, a predecessor of RENFE. Passenger services began on 1 March 1858, but the official opening awaited the arrival of Queen Isabella II on 25 May 1858.[3]

The initial design of the stations along the Almansa-Alicante part of the railway was approved in 1853. Additional extensions to the projects were made in 1857. It was one of the largest terminals built in Spain in those years.[3]

Between 1967 and 1968 the original facade of the Alicante station was completely rebuilt.[3]

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Services[edit]

Preceding station   Renfe Operadora   Following station
AVE Terminus
toward A Coruña
Alvia Terminus
toward Gijón
Alvia
toward Pontevedra
Alvia
toward Santander
Alvia
Euromed Terminus
Valencia Nord
toward Barcelona Sants
  Talgo   Terminus
Elda-Petrel
toward Barcelona Sants
  Talgo   Elche-Parque
toward Murcia del Carmen
Elda-Petrel
toward Barcelona Sants
  Talgo "Mare Nostrum"   Elche-Parque
toward Cartagena
    Elche-Parque
toward Lorca-Sutullena
Terminus Media Distancia
43
Media Distancia
61
toward Jaén
Media Distancia
L1
toward Cartagena
Terminus Media Distancia
L2
toward Ciudad Real
Preceding station   Cercanías Murcia/Alicante   Following station
San Gabriel
toward Murcia del Carmen
  C-1   Terminus
Terminus   C-3   Universidad de Alicante
toward San Vicente Centro

References[edit]

  1. ^ La estación provisional del AVE podría mantenerse diez años., laverdad.es, 04.05.2010 (Spanish)
  2. ^ El AVE a Alicante se retrasa hasta finales de 2013, elpais.es, 12.06.2012 (Spanish)
  3. ^ a b c 150 Year Anniversary of Madrid-Alicante Railroad Generalitat Valenciana (Spanish)