Hoya de La Plata will further delay the MetroGuagua

Works on the plot of Hoya de La Plata. / Arcadio Suárez

Appearance of unplanned bedrock, pipes and power lines will affect service start-up

Javier Darriba

JAVIER DARRIBA The palm trees of Gran Canaria

The appearance of a
unforeseen bedrock in the basement where the future MetroGuagua station is being built in Hoya de La Plata, as well as the discovery of several unexpected power lines and pipelines will further delay the start of the high-capacity transport system in the capital.

It should be remembered that the express bus should be operational in 2021 but the processing of files for the various sections, the problems of execution of the works in certain phases and the paralysis imposed by the coronavirus have destroyed this expectation. The last forecast was for late 2023 or early 2024, but now this calculation may be affected by the
problems that the works encountered with the Hoya de La Plata station.

This facility is essential for the project as the central services, traffic control, workshops and garage will operate there.

When the work began – the 8.66 million euro development document for this work was signed on September 27, 2021 – we knew that there was a communication line from a private company and a pipe drain in the basement water supply 250 millimeters of Emalsa.

However, from a new study carried out in June 2022, it was detected that there was also a lighting line, another power supply for three lighting towers of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, one more that serves Guaguas information boards and traffic lights in the area and another fiber optic line.

This has forced the work schedule to vary since it has to be diverted – work has already started on several services – to allow new drilling in the ground.

However, the problems did not end there. The excavator also detected two new water supply pipes – one of 700 millimeters and the other of 500 millimeters – which
will be diverted shortly by the mixed water company, Emalsa.

A new survey has also been commissioned to reduce the possible impact on the roads surrounding the work. Subsequent analysis determined the need to build new slopes with micropiles to mitigate the impact of the works.

rocks and debris

At the end of the survey campaign and the start of the excavations, it was found that a very high percentage of the land had been mixed with all kinds of waste, the site having been used as a dump. This slows down the action on the Hoya de La Plata site because the releases have to be separated and classified.

And to make matters worse, a rock stratum was located that was not expected in this part.

“We are aware that there is a delay and that this delay will affect the end of the works”, acknowledged the councilor for town planning, Javier Doreste, “this
will affect the start of the MetroGuaguabut to say how much would be risky.”

Doreste assured that at present, “the only thing that the town hall can do is to require the company to comply with its forecasts, since
we can’t save the job yet“. In principle, the deadline for carrying out the work is seventeen months, which would have until next February to complete the work.

He also said the winning bidder reaffirmed their plans to complete the project on time.

However, the deputy spokesman of the PP, Ángel Sabroso, criticized the management of the works. “There are five months left before the end of the mandate and you expect that we think that the works will finish on time, with the problems that have arisen”, he explained, “it will take a
accountability requirement for the geotechnical studies on which the project is based.

The mayor asked for information on
possible additional work After so many discoveries in the basement.


Javier Doreste, Ángel Sabroso, Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Emalsa, Popular Party PP, Neighborhood Associations, City Councils, Neighborhoods, Guaguas, Metroguagua, Mobility, Urbanism


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