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Malaga Metro extension on course for completion before the end of 2022

Moreno passes through the threshold between the tunnels.
Moreno passes through the threshold between the tunnels. / Salvador Salas
  • The two tunnels which form the extension to the city centre were connected during a ceremony attended by the regional president

Works to extend the Malaga Metro network into the city centre (from the main María Zambrano station) reached a major milestone on Wednesday as the two tunnels currently under construction were connected beneath the Guadalmina riverbed. This means that the end is in sight for these excavation works which first started in June 2006 - that is, 15 years ago.

The breakthrough was witnessed by regional president Juanma Moreno who announced that the tunnels could now be completed before August, with trains able to arrive in the historic centre by the end of 2022.

At present, final touches are being carried out on the tunnels and the two new stations (Guadalmedina, next to El Corte Inglés) and Atarazanas (in the Alameda Principal).

A further 14.6-million-euro investment is now needed for the installation of the tracks and other equipment on which the trains will run (6.6 million euros), as well as the installation of the signalling and safety system.

"With these two contracts, the last remaining investment pending has been unblocked," said Moreno who also confirmed the Junta's commitment to a three-station extension to line 2 up to the planned new hospital, next to the existing Hospital Civil.