Vélez-Málaga - Tranvia

Velez Malaga Urbos 2 tram, June 2007

Tranvia de Velez Malaga
Velez-Malaga to Torre del Mar defunct Tram

As you drive into Velez Malaga you may noticed tram line that connects the town with its coastal sister town in Torre del Mar. No need to slow down and look both ways before crossing. 

Construction began in 2003 of the 6km and 12 stations the southern phase between the two towns opened on 11 October 2006 at a cost of 46 million € and closed in 4th June 2012.
In the initial phase that was first opened the tram line was not connected through to the city center of Vélez-Málaga, passengers had to alight at Parque Jurado Lorca station and change to a bus to complete the journey. The competing bus service was also retained. Passenger number fell from 890,000 in 2007 to 676,000 in 2011.

Construction on the extension of 1.2 km from Parque Jurado Lorca station to Esplanada de la Estación (Bus station) near the Vélez-Málaga city center began in 2008 and was completed in 2011. Due to a financial dispute between the operator Travelsa and the city council the extension was never put in to service.


Although none serious the Tranvia did experience an elevated number of accidents, the local police registered 30 incidents in the first year of operation. This was mainly vehicles not stopping at traffic lights or lorries damaging the track. On the 25th May 2009 the tram did not stop at the terminus but continued along the unopened extension track much to the surprise of parked cars and was brought to a stop by a slight head on with a lorry carrying flower.


There were three tram car units in service on the Tranvia, a model called Urbus made by ‘Constructionies y Auxiliar de Ferrocariles'. These are the same low platform designs used in the Seville Metro and the Malaga Metro. They are standard gauge and bi-directional with a drivers cab at each end. Five cars make a travelling unit. Maximum speed is 70km per hour. Capacity 54 passengers seated and 226 standing.


Anecdotally the three mothballed tram units were leased and transported to the light rail network in Sydney, Australia, entering service in March 2014 for about a year awaiting the delivery their own new Urbos 3 tram units.

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