THE new Metro line 10, connecting the centre of Valencia with the Nazaret suburb, will start operating on 16 May following the staff training process in April.
More than 70 FGV employees have been taking part in the theoretical and practical training phase throughout the month of April, prior to the start of the new line, which runs between Alacant station and Nazaret,
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV) has been putting the finishing touches to the training of the staff scheduled to join the new Metrovalencia Line 10, including train drivers, station workers and staff from the line’s workshops in Nazaret.
Councillor for Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility, Arcadi España, explained: “During April we have entered a very important phase in the implementation of the new Line 10, which involves training all the staff who will make it possible to put it into operation.
“Once the training process has been completed, which is already well underway, and once the Valencian Railway Safety Agency has authorised the start, Valencians will be able to use the new line”.
In a press release, MetroValencia explained that in the case of the 36 train drivers, the training consists of a technical part to enable them to drive the Bombardier 4200 series units with passengers on the Alacant – Nazaret section.
These staff members are already qualified for this type of driving on the rest of the tram lines in Valencia, and the training now being given will enable them to adapt to the new section, with knowledge of the infrastructure and its installations, and adaptation to the new protection system.
The training also includes a theoretical part, where the regulations that apply to this operation, the rules of the rolling stock and signalling are studied, as well as the practical part, which consists of both knowledge of the elements of the unit and troubleshooting, plus effective driving, with the assistance of a monitor-trainer, along the entire line.
Eight employees who are to work at Alacant station as traffic chiefs are also being trained. They will receive theoretical training on regulatory standards and will be given practical training to familiarise them with the section and its facilities and how to operate the line’s interlockings.
Line 10 will connect the centre of Valencia with the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències area and the Nazaret neighbourhood, considerably expanding the areas covered by the Metrovalencia network. This line combines underground and overground sections, with a 5-kilometre route and 8 stations and stops (3 underground and 5 overground).
The project for the construction of this line as a whole is co-financed by the European Union, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) operational programme for the Valencia Region 2014-2020.