Building work gets underway on the Herrera - Altza stretch of the Donostialdea Metro
Building work gets underway on the Herrera - Altza stretch of the Donostialdea Metro. The ceremony of laying the first stone was held at the Paseo de Larratxo roundabout, opposite the Ambulatorio de Altza. This particular site was chosen due to the fact that one of the access points to the future metro station will be placed in the immediate vicinity.
With this move, the Basque Government has responded to a demand that has long been made by the residents of this populous San Sebastian neighbourhood, who have lobbied for a rail connection with the centre of the capital, as well as with other regions in Gipuzkoa.
The ceremony was attended by the Basque Premier Patxi López, who announced that, if the specified deadlines are met, Altza will join the metro in 2015. Iñaki Arriola, the Regional Minister of Housing, Public Works and Transport, also participated in the ceremony.
Altza - Herrera Stretch
Construction of the Herrera - Altza stretch, recently awarded to the Sacyr-Febide-Cavosa-Mariezcurrena-Zubieder Joint Venture through the public body ETS, has been given an execution period of 31 months and a budget of 34.5 million euro.
The new stretch is 1,040 metres long, and runs underground. The rail line will begin with a straight extension of the current Herrera station. It will then curve to the right, running below the old N-1 and under Adif's tracks, before taking another curve, this time to the left. It will finish in a straight line, under the Paseo Félix Iranzo.
The new station will be located here and will be built at a depth of 28 metres. It will have two halls and two accesses that will lead to the Paseo de Larratxo and Arriberri.
The station will have side platforms, to which passengers will be able to access through two lifts. These will be connected to the exterior of the building by another lift.