THE Line 9 trenet between Altea and Calpe will start running again in May.
This scenic and sometimes dramatic 11.4-kilometre section closed last October for a €9.2 million upgrade of rails, sleepers, and infrastructure.
The bridge over the River Algar was dismantled and removed for cleaning and reinforcement, although the bridge high above the Mascarat gorge was treated on the spot. Tunnels received a onceover, as did embankments and cuttings.
During all this time trains halted at the main Altea station, and passengers continuing their journey were taken to Calpe by road where they rejoined the train.
Maria Jose Salvador, who heads the regional government’s Public Works department, visited Altea recently to inspect the work.
“It was very satisfying to see that the refit had evolved so positively and that Line 9 would be operating once more without interruption between Benidorm and Denia,” Salvador said.
The Generalitat is firmly committed to Line 9, the consellera declared, together with all forms of public transport throughout the Valencian Community.
“We hope that these improvements will encourage more passengers to use this line and enable it to become a tourist attraction in the area,” Salvador said.