The Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid high-speed train is up and running

The first phase of the ‘Madrid-Valladolid/Medina del Campo high-speed train’1 project has been launched. It involves the first 210 km section of a high-speed railway line that will ultimately link Spain’s capital with the Basque Country.

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The high-speed line from Madrid to Valladolid has been in operation since 2007 and has a branch running to Medina del Campo, 42 km from Valladolid. However, in order to make it fully operational and compliant with interoperability and safety standards, major works will be carried out from now until 2013.

Up-to-date infrastructures

An initial phase involves carrying out technical modifications to the Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid high-speed line (covers 180 km in one hour). A branch runs to Medina del Campo, an urban centre located 42 km from Valladolid.

These works, which will achieve full compliance with national and European standards, concern several sections of the route. They relate to modifications involving items as varied as safety and telecoms systems, points heating, tunnel lighting, signalling issues etc.

Just to give a few examples, a new track, suitable for European high-speed traffic, will link the small town of Valdestillas to Valladolid (21 km). A total of 46 km of additional track will be installed.

Noise abatement measures will be implemented on the Segovia-Valdestillas section. The ‘high-speed’ station in Segovia will be equipped with new access infrastructures (for cars and pedestrians), while Valladolid station will have its safety and communications installations updated.

Furthermore, the whole route will benefit from new signalling and train protection systems, along with improved telecommunications and the installation of centralised traffic control.

Employment and management

During the implementation phase of the project, 1 847 jobs will be created, as well as around 40 during the operational phase.

Management of the infrastructures will comply with Spanish Law No 39/2003 on the railway sector. This provides for the creation of two commercial public agencies: ADIF (Administrator of Railway Infrastructures) and Renfe-Operadora. The former will be responsible for the public management, administration and construction of the infrastructures. The latter will focus on the provision of railway services.

Total cost and EU contribution

The estimated cost of the project is EUR 122 297 460. The contribution from the European Regional Development Fund amounts to EUR 67 962 714 for the 2007-2013 period.

1 The exact title of this project is ‘High-Speed Railway Line Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid/Medina del Campo: additional works related to rail infrastructure and technology works phase I’.

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