The suspended tramways in Jaén and Vélez-Málaga in southern Spain have been given a route to reopening by a new investment budget agreed by the Andalucian regional government.
The Junta de Andalucia has allocated EUR500 000 to reopen the 4.7km (2.9-mile) Tranvia de Jaén that has not run since 2011, the year it was completed; it never opened for full passenger service.
Andalucia’s government has also restated an offer to support 40% of operating costs of the similarly suspended 4.6km (2.85-mile) Vélez-Málaga tramway – operation of which was considered uneconomic without the participation of the Andalucian government; this offer was previously announced in late 2015 (TAUT 938). The tramway opened in 2006, but has not run services since 2012. The CAF Urbos 2 vehicles were subsequently sent to Sydney, Australia, but returned in 2014.
Plans also include completion of the Malaga light metro, expected to open this year.