The construction of the passenger building of the new Irun railway station will start in 2023


The Minister of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda of the Government of Spain, Raquel Sánchez, announced this Friday in the city of Gipuzkoan that the works for the new station will be awarded in the coming weeks, before the end of this year 2022 .

The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda of the Government of Spain, Raquel Sánchezannounced this Friday in Iran that the construction of the new passenger building of the new international train station of the Gipuzkoan city, which was put out to tender €70 millionshall early 2023. Sánchez also announced this during his visit to the current station of Irun the works of the new station, which will have a new footpath, will be awarded in the coming weeks, before the end of 2022.

Accompanied on her visit by the Delegate of the Government of Spain to the BAC, Denis Itxaso, the Mayor of Irun, José Antonio Santano, and the Minister of Territorial Planning, Housing and Transport of the Basque Government, Iñaki Arriola, Sánchez announced that Adif will award the construction of the new passenger building at the international station before the end of the year. It is a work that “will respond to the agreed railway and urban requirements, and allow integration with the future technology park in the area of ​​​​the old customs to be developed by the City Council.”

As part of this rail integration project, Adif has signed an agreement with the Basque government and the Irun City Council to install a new urban and pedestrian bridge, which will connect the station and the city and improve mobility and use of public transport. transport will improve. The construction of the footbridge requires an investment of more than eight million euros and connects the adjacent neighborhoods to the station in an accessible way. For example, the infrastructure will cross the rail yard adjacent to the new terminal on the north side along its entire length and in the Vía Irun area to connect to Sebastián Errazu Street.

Adif takes on the design of the project and the execution and direction of the works and also finances the actions with 33.33%. The Irun City Council will finance 44.45% of the operations and, once construction of the pedestrian bridge is completed, will undertake its maintenance. For its part, the Basque government is committed to financing 22.22% of its costs.

“The complex consisting of a station and a footbridge will contribute to this Consolidate Irun as a benchmark for sustainable and multimodal mobility and its urban renewal, with the railway as benchmark and development pole,” emphasized the Spanish Transport Minister.

The new train station is configured as a bridge-shaped piece, which will fly over 10 tracks and connect, at its western end, to the city through a new plaza, which will include sustainable mobility services.

The action, included in the agreement between Adif, Gipuzkoa County Council, Irun City Council and Euskal Trenbide Sarea (ETS), also envisages the reorganization of the railway yard to widen the platforms and expand its capacity for long-distance trains. distance and international, as well as commuting and conventional medium distance.

In addition, the large roof of the station will receive a solar energy collection system consisting of 180 photovoltaic panels and the parking garage, with 150 spaces, will also be redesigned for electric vehicles.

“This is a milestone,” said the mayor, José Antonio Santano

The mayor of Irun, José Antonio Santano, has pointed out that for the city “this is a milestone” because “We go from projects, from words to deeds”. For example, he recalled that 11 years ago he signed “more or less” with the then Minister of Public Works, José Blanco, and also with the adviser Arriola, a protocol that defined “all this that was really a dream, an impetus for the transformation of the city that we wanted to see happen”.

“Today, as announced by the minister, we find out that before the end of the year Adif will award the works of what will be the most important public investment in the history of this city. There is more than 70 million euros, and leverage for change and transformation, along with the development of Vía Irun and the city center,” he stressed.

Finally, he indicated to “look out for the crane”. “I think that day I’m going to get emotional, there’s going to be a few tears, because things are very hard, they’re imagined, they’re dreamed, but then it’s really hard to make them a reality and this is the step we take it now,” he concluded.

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