March 25, 2024

Ayesa appointed to draft the design for the underground railway at Igualada

The study proposes an urban regeneration of the surrounding area and to establish an intermodal transport hub in addition to removing a level crossing.

Ayesa, a world leader company in engineering and technology services, was selected to lead the project to bury the train tracks in Igualada, a town near Barcelona. This initiative is designed to seamlessly blend the train station with the town’s urban landscape and eliminate a level crossing. Entrusted with the project’s civil engineering and architectural requirements, Ayesa will provide comprehensive design services, with a budget of 438,000 euros, aiming for completion within eleven months.

The project draws inspiration from a preliminary study that proposed the creation of a cohesive intermodal transport hub. The aim is to consolidate services from the FGC (Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat) railway, which awarded the contract to Ayesa, and include designated areas for buses, taxis, bicycles, and a potential underground parking facility accommodating up to 325 vehicles some time in the future.

Ayesa has placed a significant focus on improving accessibility and promoting the use of electric vehicles and sustainable forms of transportation.

By removing the level crossing, the project not only aims to enhance safety but also to trigger urban regeneration in the surrounding areas. Plans include extensive landscaping to improve the environs. The Generalitat has pledged an investment of 31 million euros towards these plans which include the redevelopment of the access route to the terminal station.

The goals of this project are multifaceted: to recover green spaces for the community, reduce the urban, visual, and noise pollution caused by the railway, and establish a fully sustainable regional public transport network. This endeavor is a critical element of the 2022-2026 Railway Contract Program.

Ayesa has established itself as a trusted partner in Catalonia’s urban transportation sector. The company was chosen by the FGC to construct the first segment of the upcoming Tarragona tram network, a venture that will connect Cambrils, Salou, and Vila-seca over 14.6 kilometers. Ayesa has also played a pivotal role in extending Barcelona’s FGC L8 line from Plaza España to Gracia, among its other noteworthy projects.

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