Cercanías Málaga

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Cercanías Málaga Cercanias Logo.svg
Tren de cercanías Málaga-Fuengirola.JPG
Overview
LocaleSpain Málaga, Spain
Transit typeCommuter rail
Number of lines2
Number of stations26
Annual ridership11.469 million (2018)[1]
Operation
Began operation1975
Operator(s)Renfe
Technical
System length70 km (43.50 mi)
Track gauge1,672 mm (5 ft 5 1316 in) (Iberian gauge[disputed ])
ElectrificationOverhead lines
Lines of Cercanías Málaga

Málaga Local Train.svg

Estación de Fuengirola.

Cercanías Málaga is a commuter rail service between central Málaga, Spain, and towns in the province. The network consists of 70 km of track, with two lines and 24 stations in operation. The trains are powered by overhead lines and run on broad Iberian gauge track.

History[edit]

In 1908 the first line of the Ferrocarriles Suburbanos de Málaga opened; a metre-gauge rail network connecting Málaga to Vélez-Málaga. This line was later extended to Ventas de Zafarraya, along with lines to Coín and Fuengirola.[2] The lines closed in stages between 1960 and 1968. Part of the corridor to Fuengirola was rebuilt to 1668 mm Iberian gauge, with some sections placed underground including a re-routing of the line through Málaga Airport, branded as Cercanías Málaga, and opened in 1975.

Lines and stations[edit]

The busiest stations on the network in 2018 were Málaga-Centro Alameda with 1,525,000 passengers, Fuengirola (1,408,000), Málaga María Zambrano (1,375,000), Arroyo de la Miel (1,293,000) and Torremolinos (1,109,000).[1]

Line C-1 Malaga - Airport - Fuengirola[edit]

Line C-1 runs along the Costa del Sol. Services were half-hourly, but since 22 September 2011 the frequency has been increased to every 20 minutes.

There are long-standing plans to extend this line to Estepona to the west, and to Nerja in the east, but current stations are:

Line C-2 Málaga - Álora[edit]

Line C-2 runs inland from Málaga to Álora. The stations are:

Future expansion[edit]

An extension of the C-1 service from its current Fuengirola terminus to Marbella and Estepona is planned.[3][4] In January 2018 three possible route alignments were determined, costing between €2 and €3.8 billion.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Málaga, La Opinión de (6 February 2019). "Málaga, la provincia andaluza con más usuarios de Cercanías". Laopiniondemalaga.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Abierto el antiguo túnel hacia Vélez-Málaga". Diario Sur (in Spanish). 17 November 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Fuengirola to Marbella train line extension described as 'urgent'". The Olive Press. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Marbella train line overlooked as Spanish Government bet on Bobadilla-Algeciras route". Euro Weekly News. 15 January 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Un territorio a la espera de nuevas oportunidades". Málaga Hoy (in Spanish). 29 June 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.