R3 (Rodalies de Catalunya)

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The R3 is a line of Rodalies de Catalunya's Barcelona commuter rail service, operated by Renfe Operadora. It runs northwards from the Barcelona area to the French border town of Latour-de-Carol, passing through the Vallès Oriental, Osona and Ripollès regions. With a total line length of 165.9 kilometres (103.1 mi), it extends notably beyond the limits of the Barcelona metropolitan area, reaching the Pyrenees mountains. According to 2008 data, the line's average weekday ridership is 22,841.[1]

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Estación de Ripoll 2012.jpg
Two 447 Series trains on R3 services at Ripoll railway station in 2012. The left train is bound for L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, whilst the right one is bound for Latour-de-Carol-Enveitg.
Service typeCommuter rail, regional rail
LocaleProvinces of Barcelona and Girona
First service1989 (1989)
Current operator(s)Renfe Operadora
Ridership22,841 (2008)[1]
Annual ridership6.6 million (2008)[1]
TerminiL'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Distance travelled165.9 km (103.1 mi)[1]
Average journey time49 min–3 h 5 min
Service frequencyEvery 20 min–2 h
Line(s) used
Rolling stock447 Series EMUs
Track gauge1,668 mm (5 ft 5+2132 in) Iberian gauge
Electrification3,000 V DC overhead lines
Track owner(s)Adif

R3 trains use the Meridiana Tunnel in Barcelona, where they share tracks with Barcelona commuter rail service lines R1, R4 and R7, as well as Girona commuter rail service line RG1 and regional rail line R12, calling at Sants, Plaça de Catalunya and Arc de Triomf stations.[2] They run primarily on the Barcelona–Latour-de-Carol-Enveitg railway, using Latour-de-Carol-Enveitg as their northernmost terminus, and L'Hospitalet de Llobregat as its southern one.

Together with lines R1, R2 and R4, the R3 (then simply numbered line 3) started services in 1989 as one of the first lines of the Cercanías commuter rail system for Barcelona, known as Rodalies Barcelona.[3] In 2010, after the administration of the Barcelona commuter rail service was transferred to the Catalan government, the line was extended from its original northern terminus at Vic to Latour-de-Carol-Enveitg.[4] The section north of Vic had not previously been considered part of the Barcelona commuter rail service; designated Ca5, the services running on it were part of Renfe Operadora's regional rail division in Catalonia.[5] In the long-term future, it is projected that the R3 will be rerouted through the Aragó Tunnel in Barcelona.[6] Furthermore, it is planned to be extended southwards to Castelldefels, thanks to the construction of a new branch line from Cornellà de Llobregat.[7][8]

The R3 is the Barcelona commuter rail service line with the highest number of service incidents, and has been the recipient of much criticism from its users and local authorities. Minor delays occur constantly on the line, most of which can be attributed to the fact that it uses single-track infrastructure for almost all of its length.[9][10] There have been calls for the conversion of the line's route to double track since the 1990s, especially on the Barcelona–Vic section.[11]

List of stationsEdit

The following table lists the name of each station served by line R3 in order from south to north; the station's service pattern offered by R3 trains (excepting the semidirect trains, which only call at Vic, Ripoll and Puigcerdà stations north of Barcelona Sant Andreu Arenal); the transfers to other Rodalies de Catalunya lines, including both commuter and regional rail services; remarkable transfers to other transport systems; the municipality in which each station is located; and the fare zone each station belongs to according to the Autoritat del Transport Metropolità (ATM Àrea de Barcelona) fare-integrated public transport system and Rodalies de Catalunya's own fare zone system for Barcelona commuter rail service lines.[12][13]

# Terminal of a service
* Transfer station to other transport systems
#* Transfer station and terminal
Station served by all trains running through it
Limited service station
Station Service Rodalies de Catalunya transfers Other transfers Municipality Fare zone
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat#* R1, R4, R12, RG1 Barcelona Metro line 1 at Rambla Just Oliveras station L'Hospitalet de Llobregat 1 1
Barcelona Sants* R1, R2, R2 Nord, R2 Sud, R4, R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, R16, RG1 Renfe Operadora-operated high-speed and long-distance rail services
TGV high-speed rail services
Barcelona Metro lines 3 and 5 at Sants Estació station
National and international coach services
Barcelona 1 1
Barcelona Plaça de Catalunya* R1, R4, R12, RG1 Barcelona Metro lines 1, 3, 6 and 7
Vallès Metro commuter rail services
Barcelona 1 1
Barcelona Arc de Triomf* R1, R4, R12, RG1 Barcelona Metro line 1
National and international coach services at Estació del Nord
Barcelona 1 1
Barcelona La Sagrera-Meridiana* R4, R12 Barcelona Metro lines 1, 5 and 9/10 (L9 Nord/L10) Barcelona 1 1
Barcelona Sant Andreu Arenal* R4, R7, R12 Barcelona Metro line 1 at Fabra i Puig station
National coach services
Barcelona 1 1
Barcelona Torre del Baró* R4, R7, R12 Barcelona Metro line 11 at Torre Baró – Vallbona station Barcelona 1 1
Montcada Bifurcació R4, R7, R12 Montcada i Reixac 1 1
Montcada Ripollet Montcada i Reixac 1 1
Santa Perpètua de Mogoda Santa Perpètua de Mogoda 2D 2
Mollet Santa Rosa Mollet del Vallès 2D 2
Parets del Vallès Parets del Vallès 2D 3
Granollers-Canovelles# Granollers 3D 3
Les Franqueses del Vallès Les Franqueses del Vallès 3D 3
La Garriga# La Garriga 4F 4
Figaró Figaró-Montmany 4F 4
Sant Martí de Centelles Sant Martí de Centelles 4F 4
Centelles Centelles 5F 5
Balenyà-Els Hostalets Balenyà 5F 5
Balenyà-Tona-Seva Seva 5F 5
Vic# Vic 6F 6
Manlleu Manlleu 6H 6h
Torelló Torelló 6H 6h
Borgonyà Sant Vicenç de Torelló 6H 6h
Sant Quirze de Besora Sant Quirze de Besora 6H 6h
La Farga de Bebié Montesquiu
Ripoll# Ripoll
Campdevànol Campdevànol
Ribes de Freser#* Vall de Núria Rack Railway Ribes de Freser
Planoles Planoles
Toses Toses
La Molina Alp
Urtx-Alp Alp
Puigcerdà# Puigcerdà
Latour-de-Carol-Enveitg#* Intercités long-distance rail services
TER Languedoc-Roussillon and TER Midi-Pyrénées regional rail services
(Station located in Latour-de-Carol, Pyrénées-Orientales, France.)


  1. ^ a b c d "Línia R3" [Line R3]. Rodalies de Catalunya (in Catalan). Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Xarxa Rodalies de Catalunya" [Rodalies de Catalunya System] (PDF) (Map). Rodalies de Catalunya (in Catalan). Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  3. ^ Julià Sort (2013), p. 69–71
  4. ^ "Traspàs de rodalies a la Generalitat de Catalunya" [Transfer of commuter rail services to the Government of Catalonia]. Mobilitat (in Catalan). Generalitat of Catalonia. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  5. ^ Ribas Domingo, Santi; Pujol i Gil, Jordi (March 2005). "Estudi de la xarxa ferroviària de viatgers a Catalunya" [Study on the passenger rail network in Catalonia] (PDF). Planejament Territorial de Catalunya (in Catalan). Generalitat of Catalonia: 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  6. ^ Julià Sort (2013), p. 144–145
  7. ^ Ministerio de Fomento (2009), p. 69
  8. ^ Ministerio de Fomento (2009), p. 94–95
  9. ^ Solé, Albert (21 March 2015). "R3, el forat negre de la xarxa: primera conclusió de l'Ara Control Rodalies" [R3, the system's shortfall: first conclusion from "Ara Control Rodalies"] (in Catalan). Barcelona: Ara. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  10. ^ ""El malson de Rodalies": reportatge d'Antoni Bassas per a Ara TV i portada d'aquest dilluns" ["The Rodalies nightmare": a report by Antoni Bassas for Ara TV and Monday's front page] (in Catalan). Barcelona: Ara. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  11. ^ Moisès, Jordi (31 December 2014). "Ferrocarril Barcelona-Puigcerdà. Desdoblament Montcada-Vic" [Barcelona–Puigcerdà Railway. Montcada–Vic doubling.]. Territori (in Catalan). Societat Catalana d'Ordenació del Territori. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  12. ^ Integrated Railway Network (PDF) (Map). Autoritat del Transport Metropolità. August 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Servei de rodalia de Barcelona" [Barcelona commuter rail service] (PDF) (Map). Rodalies de Catalunya (in Catalan). Generalitat of Catalonia. 20 July 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.


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