Thales has begun the works on the expansion and modernisation of the signalling and traffic control facilities of the Alicante Tram Line 5, on the Sangueta-Puerta del Mar (Postiguet Beach) section. It is part of the Alicante Tram metropolitan network that belongs to Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGV).
The project will allow the commercial operation of Line 5 in a safer, more flexible and reliable way. To undertake these actions, Thales will carry out the work without the need for service interruption, providing mobility continuity to the passengers on this line. More than 390,000 passengers will continue to travel smoothly on the line during the works.
Alicante Tram Line 5, which is 8.7 km long connects the center of Alicante with the district of Playa de San Juan, was put into service in June 2019.
This new transport service improves the connection with the areas of Postiguet beach, Levante dock, Alicante Port, Esplanade, Town Hall and the historic centre.
The Line 5 runs entirely through the municipality of Alicante connecting the seafront of the city of Alicante with Albufereta Beach, San Juan Beach and Cabo de las Huertas, from the Puerta del Sea, between the beach and the port, up to the San Juan beach loop with the landmark stop at Plaza de La Coruña. It provides a 28-minute travel time between the terminus stations and is operated by Bombardier Flexity light rail vehicles. This line has a connection at the Lucentum stop with Line 1 and Line 3 and at the Sangueta stop with the lines 1, 3 and 4.
The Alicante Tram network, which had more than 7 million passengers on its six lines in 2020, has contributed to improving the movements of citizens, being a fundamental element of smart and sustainable mobility.
Since its inception, Thales has supported Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat on different Tram lines, with the implementation of various signalling systems, among which are electronic interlockings and Centralized Traffic Control in service since 2005.