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A tramway extension in Seville

© Ayuntamiento de Sevilla

The almost one-kilometre extension of the inner-city tram line T1 in Seville, Andalusia, was officially inaugurated on 19 June 2024; today, 20 June 2024, scheduled service began with passengers on the new section from previous terminus San Bernardo via San Francisco Javier stop to the new temporary terminus at Eduardo Dato. The single line, which is only around 3.3 km long in total, now has seven stops, with a further Luis de Morales station expected to be added in September. From here, there will be one more stop to the Santa Justa long-distance railway station – the plans for this have been in place for a long time, but the funding has not yet been finalised. The cost of the section to Luis de Morales is approximately EUR 23.7 million, 80% of which is being financed by EU funds. A train runs every 9 minutes on the line, which is double-track throughout with its own right-of-way; it also includes a short utunnel section beneath a large traffic junction.

© Ayuntamiento de Sevilla
A complete network map is available here: https://www.urbanrail.net/eu/es/sevilla/sevilla-tram.htm

CAF is expected to deliver three more URBOS 3 low-floor trams to Seville in November, with a slight delay, to reinforce the current fleet of four vehicles. Another two tramcars are included in the agreement with CAf as option (originally 2 firm order + 3 options). The T1 tram line, originally also known as the “MetroCentro”, has been in operation since 2007 and is partly operated without catenary; the supercaps on the roofs of the vehicles are recharged during stops.

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In Seville – the fourth largest metropolitan area in Spain with a population of 1.3 million – there is also a largely underground light rail system, also operated with low-floor carriages, known as Metro Line 1. The northern section of a second line (“3”) has been under construction for some time and is scheduled to go into operation by 2029. Construction is also underway on an interurban tramway to Alcalá de Guadeira, which was originally due to go into operation in 2012, but whose work was left undone for many years due to lack of funding.