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Alstom to supply APS for Av. Diagonal tramline

An artists' impression of the future Av. Diagonal tram connection. Courtesy of ATM

Barcelona Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM) has awarded Alstom a contract to supply its APS ground-based electrification system for the connection between the city’s Trambaix and Trambesòs tram networks along the Avinguda Diagonal.

The new 4km (2.5-mile) link will feature six new stops and relocation of the existing Glòries stop, offering 15-minute journeys between Glòries and Francesc Macià at an estimated commercial speed of 16-17km/h (10-10.5mph). The project includes urban transformation elements such as the widening of pavements for pedestrians and the addition of new cycle lanes. Plaça de les Glòries will feature a large park, the Canòpia Urbana, with a sub-surface transport hub that includes a new tramstop.

Avinguda Diagonal is a key thoroughfare designed by renowned engineer Ildefons Cerdà and runs for 10km (six miles), crossing the city from south-west to north-east.

Barcelona’s tramway currently comprises two unconnected networks: Diagonal – Baix Llobregat (Trambaix) and Sant Martí – Besòs (Trambesòs). Both opened in the spring of 2004 and after successive phases of expansion the current configuration was completed in 2008.

Alstom’s contract includes infrastructure works and retrofitting APS current collection equipment to 18 trams from Barcelona’s current fleet of 41 Citadis – thesewere originally manufactured, and are still maintained, by Alstom. It is planned to acquire a further 18 trams, as well as modifying the workshop facilities that currently serve the Trambaix fleet.

Unlike the existing networks, which were designed, built and operated through a public-private collaboration, the Avinguda Diagonal connection will be entirely publicly financed with contributions from Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona City Council and Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.

> Read more on the Av. Diagonal tramway project in TAUT 1003 (July 2021)