Construction work gets underway to convert the Amaña - Ardanza stretch into a dual railway track system
The Basque Government has brought the commencement of building work to lay double rail tracks on the Amaña - Ardanza stretch of the Bilbao - Donostia-San Sebastián Line forward to this summer. This work will improve the rail service and will contribute to the urban reorganisation of the area, as well as providing the city of Eibar with a new leisure and recreation area, thanks to the cover that has been put in place over the track between Amaña and Legarre.
The new project has a budget of 14.9 million euro and is expected to be completed within 15 months. The work involves converting the stretch that runs between the Amaña stop and the Ardanza station into a dual railway track system, and includes the construction of a new, accessible underground station in Amaña, which will replace the current one. In addition, this operation includes placing a cover over the rail track between Amaña and Legarre.
Amaña - Ardanza Stretch
The double rail tracks will be laid alongside the existing track, with optimised grades and radiuses. It is approximately 640 metres long.
The new station will boast an 80m long central platform, accessible by a side entrance, and will be adapted to the double rail stretch, thereby blending in with the urban environment.
The conversion of the stretch into a dual railway system, the improvements to the section and the construction of a new station in place of the existing stop will be made possible by expanding the current rail platform. This will be done by gaining metres towards the south of the existing platform, affecting the current road infrastructure, in particular the viaduct on the road to Arrate and the points of access to the Amaña district, from both the viaduct itself and from the Paseo de San Andrés.
In addition, the covering of the double rail track will allow for the creation of a large platform which will serve as a support for the continuation of the pedestrian walkway from Amaña to Ardanza, as well as for the reorganisation of the road system. Also, pedestrians will access the new Amaña station from this platform.