As a railway and urban operation, it is qualitatively the project with the greatest urban impact in the city. It has the characteristic of not constituting a new expansion, but rather recapitalizing a part of the city, today degraded by the disuse of large-area industrial facilities, with the provision of first-rate urban elements -a large park and a boulevard- and with the gain in permeability –thanks to the burying of the railway tracks- of the neighborhoods in the south of the city, which have been approaching the tracks until they come to their limit that almost prevents them from having a good relationship in the east-west direction.
The project will also represent an important advance in terms of the structure of the entire city, by connecting the Grandes Vías (Fernando el Católico and Ramón y Cajal with Germanías and Marqués del Túria, eliminating the underpass), and eliminating the overpass that saves the roads to connect Avenida de Giorgeta with Peris and Valero, eliminating urban barriers and their visual impact. In any case, the most unique urban action is the generation of a large urban park for citizen enjoyment that will be located on the current railway yard to the south of the station, between the streets of Philippines to the east and San Vicente to the west.
Since 1988, Parque Central has been the subject of a dense history of inter-administrative agreements, technical functionality projects, urban planning ideas and citizen expectations, and has suffered from the complexity derived from its dependence on railway modernization. This has been defined very recently after years of study and discussion of various options. This railway modernization is part of a context in which the railway recovers, thanks to technological evolution and environmental sensitivity and in contrast to the prevailing context in the 1980s, the central role of the transport system, so that the railway project included in the "Central Park Action" affects all its functionality: passengers and goods, long distance and suburban, high-speed network and conventional network, Iberian gauge and international gauge.
Lastly, it should be noted that the non-underground part of the new station, which will house the hall and services for long-distance travellers, is integrated with the current station. This, the main work of the architect Demetrio Ribes, in the Viennese secession style, is an Asset of Cultural Interest, one of the symbols and architectural values of Valencia and one of the buildings with which Valencians feel most identified. Therefore, one of the main challenges of the entire action is to harmonize the old and the new building.
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