The regional government is spending megabucks on improvements for the Line 9 Tram between Benidorm and Denia

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EASY ACCESS: Platforms are being raised in Alfaz credit: GVA

THE Generalitat allocated €11.224 million for improvements to all 13 of Line 9’s Tram stations and halts, plus five on Line 1.

Line 9 covers the Benidorm-Denia route while Line 1 links Luceros in Alicante City with Benidorm.

The cash will enable regional rail operator FGV to modify platforms to allow easy access to the new electro-diesel trains but the project includes dismantling the now unused Disco Benidorm halt and replacing the track-bed and rails in Benidorm.
Work has already begun on platforms at the Cami Coves halt inside the Benidorm boundary and Alfaz station, FGV revealed.

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In 2012, there were rumours that the regional government of the day intended to close narrow-gauge, single track Line 9. Like Line 1, it was built a century ago, possessing spectacular views and fine examples of early 20th century railway architecture.

Instead, the Generalitat understood to modernise the line and to date has spent €130 million.  The project has had many setbacks after the Calpe-Denia section had to be closed on safety grounds in 2016, although the entire line is expected to come into service by late 2021.

 


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