THE LINE 3 OF THE LIMA AND CALLAO METROPOLITAN RAILWAY IS A PROJECT OF SPECIAL RELEVANCE, AS IT WILL BE THE MOST EXTENSIVE WITH REGARD TO THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN PROJECTED ON THE NETWORK. IT WILL FEATURE 29 STATIONS AND WILL BENEFIT AN AREA OF INFLUENCE OF, AT LEAST, EIGHT DISTRICTS OF THE CAPITAL.
One of the most eagerly awaited projects to complete the metro network of Lima and Callao is the construction and commissioning of Line 3. It is a project involving major relevance, since of all the branches projected for this network, it is not only the one that will demand the most, yet moreover it is the most extensive and complex from a technical viewpoint. The route will go from north to south and will benefit the population of at least eight districts under its area of direct influence.
Amongst these are San Martin de Porres, Los Olivos, Comas, Independencia, Lima, Rimac, Lince, San Isidro, Miraflores, Surquillo, Santiago de Surco, San Juan de Miraflores.
According to the scheduled plans, the underground line will feature 29 stations. When fully operational, there will be about 85 trains of eight coaches each one.
It is an “engineering endeavour of major significance and magnitude, where its inclusion in the urban area becomes a determining variable for the development and evolution of the city,” as indicated in the first study conducted in this regard.
From the beginning, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) has entrusted its coordination to the Agency for the Promotion of Investment “Proinversión”. This body is responsible for the development of investment studies, in addition to promoting the public-private partnership needed to start up the line.
In October 2014 the “integral consultancy” contract was signed with the Metrotres consortium, composed of Ingerop Conseil et Ingenierie, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance SL, PricewaterhouseCoopers S.Civil de RL, Bustren PM SL, Alpha Consult SA and Metropolitana Milanese SPA ( the Consultant) and adjudicator of the tender.
At present, according to Proinversión, “the consultant is drafting the studies that will allow us to obtain the suitability to be able to undertake start-up within the framework of the National System of Public Investment (SNIP)”. Specifically, its mission is to “identify, formulate, evaluate and obtain the technical, economic, financial, environmental and sustainability of the implementation”. The aim is to find a tender operator to oversee “the drafting of the final engineering studies (design), financing, construction, electromechanical equipment, acquisition of rolling stock, operation and maintenance of the road, approximately 32 kilometres in length”. The idea that is being considered is that the modality be through co-financing. The term of the tender is still under evaluation, as is the awarding date that is yet to be defined.
The main purpose of the commercial operation of this line is “to resolve, at least in part, the great problem of displacement in the main north-south axis of the city”. It is expected, therefore, that its implementation contributes to the improvement in travel times. Alongside this considerable reduction of time in the journeys, furthermore, numerous benefits such as greater business competitiveness, by optimising access to working centres; an optimal connection to public transport of the inhabitants of the neighbourhoods located away from the centre, as well as an increase in the attractiveness of the city, with less pollution and better accessibility, etc. will similarly be achieved. Likewise, there will be a decrease in operating costs, by reducing the number of vehicles on the road.
It is estimated that by the year 2030, the population residing in the area under study will reach 900,000 inhabitants.