NEWSDESK THE first four kilometres of electrified railway line stretching from Palma central station to the Majorcan Railway Services (SFM) rail yards at Son Rullan were opened yesterday by regional Transport Minister, Gabriel Vicens and Central Government Delegate, Ramon Socias.

Of the length of line which is now electrified, the first 1.5 kilometres were completed within the tunnel with a fixed overhead power cable. The remainder of the work has been undertaken on outside track with a flexible overhead cable, supported with struts and counterweights, the regional government confirmed.

Upgrades at the electric substation of Son Costa have meant that the overhead cable now has a continuous power supply of 1'500 volts.
The government investment in electrification work carried out by joint venture company of Estrella Works and Engineering, Coalvia SA and AMS Group has so far totalled 4'100'000 euros. Separately, the new mechanical rail yards at Son Rullan will provide servicing for the carriages of the Palma Metro which up until now have had to be towed out at night by diesel engines whether it be for maintenance, repair or just straightforward cleaning.

The works at Son Rullan have involved the construction of an industrial unit of some 1'100 square metres with two service tracks for electric rolling stock. Government spending on the industrial unit alone and its specialised repair and maintenance facilities has totalled 4'228'000 euros.

Within a few months, Son Rullan will also provide a service to the new electric trains which will be runninbetween Palma and Inca.