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Malaga metro works at El Corte Inglés start after eight years of road closures

Workers inside the tunnel under Avenida de Andalucía.
Workers inside the tunnel under Avenida de Andalucía. / M. Fernández
  • One of the main entry points into central Malaga is expected to be fully open to traffic again by March 2020 when the last tunnelling is completed

More than eight years have passed since roadworks and disruption began on Avenida de Andalucía, one of the main roads into Malaga city centre.

Diversions have been in place in front of El Corte Inglés in preparation for the extension of the metro from the main María Zambrano rail station (El Perchel) to the Alameda on the other side of the Guadalmedina river.

However, after complications hit the project and resulted in a change of contractor, tunnelling has only now begun to connect the stretch already in place, from El Perchel to Plaza Albert Camus (opposite El Corte Inglés), to the city centre stretch already well under construction.

This missing link, and the creation of a new station (Guadalmedina) in front of El Corte Inglés, is expected to be completed in March 2020. The final connection to the Atarazanas station, near Calle Larios, should be ready by November that same year.

However street access at Guadalmedina will not be possible for a further six months.