Subway lines 9 and 10 reach Barcelona thanks to two new stations

President Montilla declares that the economic crisis may affect the timetable of such infrastructure work but will not alter governmental objectives

Mario Rubio

June 28, 2010 03:26 AM

Barcelona (CNA) .- The President of the Catalan government, José Montilla, and the mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, unveiled this Saturday two new stations of the subway lines 9 and 10: ‘La Sagrera’ and ‘Onze de Setembre’ (11th of September, the National Day of Catalonia). Thanks to these new stops, the lines now reach the Sagrera interchange, where commuters will be able to connect with subway lines 1 and 5 by the end of the year. The new train line, the third stretch to come into service this year, covers 2.8 kilometres and serves the neighbourhoods of La Sagrera and Sant Andreu in Barcelona, with trains every 3 minutes. The stations will hold up to 37,500 trips daily. The opening of this new stretch allows for the normalization of the train timetables throughout the line.

The two stations that have come into service this Saturday will lend continuity to Badalona and Santa Coloma de Gramanet on the outskirts of Barcelona- and have already been working since December 2009 and April 2010, respectively. This is the third enlargement of the line and this 2.8 kilometre stretch includes two stations located within the municipality of Barcelona. With this new section, the subway lines 9 and 10 already measure to 11 kilometres and have 11 stations in service.

The President of the Catalan Government, José Montilla, pointed out the efforts made to push ahead with new infrastructure work during the economic crisis. “The crisis will affect the timetable for the implementation of some infrastructures but will not change our objectives at all”, declared Montilla, adding that now what has to be done is to “manage our resources even more strictly", and to make a list of priorities as to which projects are the most “essential”.