Alstom technicians, during the installation of the railway safety systems in the tunnel under avenida Andalucía. / SUR

New section of Malaga metro will not open before the city's summer fair

The safety and signalling tests in the tunnels have not been completed yet, and the opening of the line will be delayed until at least September

IGNACIO LILLO Malaga

Despite concerted efforts Malaga's new metro city centre section will not reach the Alameda Principal in time to transport the hundreds of thousands of people who will be visiting the city centre from 12 August for the Malaga Fair.

The arrival at the Alameda will be delayed until at least September, although no official date was given in the announcement on Thursday.

"The decision to postpone the commissioning of the El Perchel-Atarazanas section of the Malaga metro is due to a rigorous analysis of the progress and state of the safety tests,” a source from the regional ministry of Public Works told SUR.

The source admitted that this decision had been taken "for technical and safety reasons", so as not to affect the rest of the operation, which will continue to operate normally on lines 1 and 2, connected by the Perchel interchange.

Works to extend the Malaga metro network into the city centre from the Perchel interchange, next to the city´s María Zambrano train station, via two tunnels beneath the Guadalmina riverbed first started in June 2006. The two new stations are Guadalmedina, next to El Corte Inglés and Atarazanas, in the Alameda Principal.

In his last visit to the works, the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, announced that the arrival of the trains to the Alameda will double the annual demand of passengers, from almost seven million before the pandemic to around 14 million.