Renfe’s works in the Sant Andreu de Palomar district are progressing at a good pace. Public rail operator Adif celebrated that after about a month of cuts, it has advanced to about 65% of all jobs in the region. This is the unification of the Mataró axis of the R1, as well as the Barcelona-Granollers-Girona axis (R2). In total they are five routes that will be reduced and concentrated to a single underground line.
The deadline, confirms Adif, It will be December 11. And it is that they assure that for the moment they are ahead of the current schedule. civil engineer from Adif, Alberto Alcani, clarified that, however, the date has not been brought forward because they will invest all this time saved in carrying out safety and quality controls. Similarly, he wanted to highlight the “irreproachable” work carried out by the 600 employees who “work morning, noon and evening” to carry out the work.
On the same day, the new Rodalies de Sant Andreu station will also open, which will replace the current Sant Andreu Comtal stop and the effects on the rail service will end, which, moreover, “will be ready to continue operating despite the incidents”.
Metropolis was able to visit the interior of the works and check the state of their execution, as well as observe hundreds of workers working on all fronts, from the welding of the tracks to the development of the roofing of the concrete that surrounds the whole building. Precisely, concrete is a key element, because not only does it “reduce leveling problems”, but also reduces wear and tear on structuresthey assured.
Inside the tunnel, the silence of the finished zones is combined with the deafening cries technicians working, heavy machinery and railway vehicles transport materials. The coolness of the shade inside the building contrasts with the heat sources of the welds, where the molten metal at nearly 2,000 degreesaccording to one of the workers, heats everything for several meters around.
As can be seen in the images, the tracks host a constant coming and going of technicians measuring, calibrating, transporting materials and planting the new rail lines in the four-kilometre megastructure that marks the border of neighborhoods like The Good Shepherd, Sant Andreu de Palomar and La Sagrera. In the future, this border will be less appreciable, since the works plan to section the districts.
In this new reclaimed land, there will be space to build municipal facilities for the enjoyment of neighbors. However, this part of the work is still doesn’t even have a start date intended.
OVER 1,100 MILLION
By calculation, the work will cost approximately 1,100 million euros, of which 750 have already been executed. The specific section of the new station Rodalies will cost the public coffers approximately 18 million.
In total, this second phase of the work involves confinement in a tunnel approximately four kilometers long which will go from Bac de Roda to Nus de la Trinitat. There will be only one uncovered area, approximately 120 meters at the height of Soldevila Street with Onze de Setembre Boulevard, where heavy machinery is introduced to be able to work. Its coverage will take place later, although there is no set date for it yet.
This coming weekend, they also explain, is crucial, since the lifting of certain 100 beams out of a total of 400 at the Bac de Roda.
END OF THE RENFE, START OF THE AVE
Despite the fact that all the forecasts indicate that by December 11 the work of the Rodalies will be carried out and that the usual service will be restored on the lines concerned (R1, R2, R2Nord and R11), this is only a prelude to high-speed work. It is, they point out, the largest railway project in Spain. Thus, the end of the Renfe project will open the door to works on the AVEwhose completion is not yet dated due to the large number of factors that come into play, explained the rail operator to this media.
Despite the fact that Adif did not specify a specific date for the arrival of the AVE in the region, they confirmed that there is an approximate proposal that it would be by the end of 2023. However, and with years of delay behind it, this macroproject could be extended during the years 2025-2026. A few months ago, Metropoli had access to a file of Barcelona Sagrera High Speedwhich detailed the work roadmap.
The latest forecasts now place the end of work on La Sagrera around 2025 or 2026. Now, 65% of the work is complete.
THE END OF THE NEIGHBORS’ NIGHTMARE
With less intensity, the works of the AVE in the area are still will last for years. However, the assignment to neighbors will not be so straightforward. In this sense, Alcañí explained that during the day working with heavy machinery that makes more noise and that, to disturb the inhabitants as little as possible, lighter work is carried out during the night which involves less noise.
This has not been the case for the inhabitants of the area who, more specifically, reside on Calle de Soldevila. Thus, they denounced to Metropolis that in the middle of summer -and with the heat waves which made it necessary to keep the windows open-, these jobs prevent you from sleeping by the deafening noise which, night after night, extended from 11:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.at which time work ceased for an hour and resumed at 6:30 a.m. to last until late afternoon.