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The Seville Metro (Spanish: Metro de Sevilla) is an 18-kilometre (11 mi) light metro[5] 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 16 million passengers in 2017.[1][2][6]

History

Original project

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 for political reasons with the budget from the central government reassigned to other infrastructure in Andalusia by the newly created Junta de Andalucía[7] and also to the Bilbao Metro project instead, after 5 Billion Pesetas had already been spent. The official reasons given were fear that historic buildings might be damaged and economic viability.

Revised metro project

Seville Metro map
Nervión station
San Bernardo station
Plaza de Cuba station
Entrance to subterranean 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.[4]

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

   Metro de Sevilla
Line     Terminals       Length     Stations     In service     Opened  
Línea 1 Metro de Sevilla.svg
Ciudad Expo
Olivar Quintos
18 km
22
21
2 April 2009

Line 1

Rolling stock

The Seville Metro fleet consists of 17 articulated low-floor Urbos 2 light rail vehicles (LRVs) manufactured by CAF. The Urbos 2 LRVs are 31-metre (102 ft) long, 2.65-metre (8.7 ft) wide, and 3.3-metre (11 ft) tall, with a total 6 doors on each side. Seating capacity per LRV vehicle is 192 passengers/vehicle (60 seated, 132 standing). The Urbos 2 LRVs have air conditioning. LRVs are powered by an overhead power supply at 750 Volts.[8]

Future service

   Metro de Sevilla
Line     Terminals       Length     Stations     In service     Opened  
Línea 2 Metro de Sevilla.svg
Torreblanca
Puerta Triana
13.4 km
18
0
2017 (partial)
Línea 3 Metro de Sevilla.svg
Pino Montano
Bermejales
11.5 km
17
0
2017 (partial)
Línea 4 Metro de Sevilla.svg
Circular line
17.7 km
24
0
2017 (partial)

Line 2 (in planning phase)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Estadística de Transporte de Viajeros" [Passenger Transport Statistics]. Ine.es (in Spanish). Instituto Nacional de Estadística [National Statistics Institute]. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Balance Anual 2012" [Annual Results 2012] (pdf) (in Spanish). Metro Sevilla. 28 January 2013. p. 5. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  3. ^ "Who we are". Metro Sevilla. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Sevilla metro inaugurated". Railway Gazette International. 6 April 2009. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  5. ^ Michael Taplin (March 2013). "Home - World Systems List index - World List P-T - Spain (ES)". Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA). Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  6. ^ "El Metro de Sevilla superó los 16 millones de viajeros en 2017". sevilla (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-02-13. 
  7. ^ "La Junta de Andalucía, dispuesta a paralizar definitivamente las obras del 'metro' de Sevilla". El País. 14 March 1983. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Robert Schwandl. "Sevilla". UrbanRail.net. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 

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