The renovation of Barcelona’s Sants Station will be completed in 2030 and will accommodate 12 million more passengers.
Sants Station, the most important in Barcelona, is starting a transformation process that will involve doubling the area dedicated to rail activities and is expected to be ready in 2030. The operation is planned “in response to the growth of rail traffic,” explained Adif. Such growth has caused various mobility problems and the risk of the collapse of Saints station because it will include new operators such as Italy’s Erio, which will start operating in November.
In response to increased demand, the area allocated by the Saints for rail activities will increase by 36,000 square meters. The increase will increase capacity to 58 million passengers, nearly 12 million more than in 2019. In addition, four waiting rooms will be created, a new lobby and a comprehensive improvement of the station environment is planned, which will replace street traffic through garden beds. and photovoltaic panels. All this means 48% energy savings compared to a conventional building.
Details of the reconstruction were given by Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau and Transport Minister Raquel Sánchez at a press conference that affected the movement of two lines amid the problems in Rodaliz and came a week after the incident that brought all trains in Catalonia to a standstill. Wait three hours.
Minister Sánchez apologized for the incidents but assured that investments were being made. “We are working hard to resolve the incidents and remove the sense of malfeasance,” he explained.
The budget for these works is estimated at 410 million dollars, almost entirely from European funds. The first tenders are expected to take place in the spring of 2023. Thus, it is assumed that the first phase of work can start in 2024. They will run until mid-2026 in the first phase. The second phase of work will begin, which, according to Adif’s calculations, will be completed in 2030, when the station will already be fully operational.
This was pointed out at a press conference which was interrupted by various activists from Barcelona’s Syndicat de Logeteres (tenants’ union) who boycotted the law calling for rent regulation. Mayor Colau, who was present at the meeting, also called President Sanchez yesterday.
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