Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid at very high speed
The Madrid-Valladolid/Medina del Campo TGV (high-speed train) opens up a new means of access to the western European railway system from the Spanish network. The aim of the second phase1 of this high-speed line project is to equip the line with the latest state-of-the-art technology.
As regards infrastructure and technology, important developments were carried out in a first phase of the project for extending the high-speed line between Valladolid and Segovia, including in particular the laying of a new track linking the small town of Valdestillas to Valladolid. The aim of the second phase (2007-2013) is to equip the line with the latest technology required for high-speed networks.
A ‘high-tech’ line
The work carried out in this second phase involves different types of infrastructure.
- The Madrid-Segovia and Valdestillas-Valladolid sections will be equipped with remote-control and energy installations, overhead contact lines, systems for heating the points, tunnel lighting and other supplies of energy at various installations placed along these routes.
- The entire route will also benefit from the installation of signalling equipment, train-protection systems, telecommunications technologies (including a GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway) system) and centralised traffic control.
- The San Pedro tunnels will be fitted with security installations.
- The Fuencarral-Segovia and Valdestillas-Pinar de Antequera sections will be equipped with acoustic protection.
- New tracks will be laid for the Madrid-Miraflores and Madrid-Fuencarral junction sections.
- The safety and communications systems at Madrid-Chamartin station will be updated and the tracks at this station will be remodelled to adapt them to high-speed traffic.
Banking on the TGV
During this second phase, some 106 km of railway platform will be built. The 180 km journey from Madrid to Valladolid can currently be made in one hour, and the journey time will be reduced as from 2013, once the work has been completed. Today, Spain occupies first place in Europe’s high-speed network, with 2 056 km of track, compared to 1 895 km in France and 1 285 km in Germany.
Management and jobs
Management of the infrastructure will comply with Spanish Law No 39/2003 on the Rail Sector. This provides for the creation of two public commercial entities: ADIF and RENFE-Operadora. The former is responsible for public management, administration and construction of infrastructure. The latter will concentrate on the provision of rail services.
1 847 jobs will be created during the implementation phase of the project, and a further 40 or so in the operational phase.
Total cost and EU involvement
The estimated cost of the “High-Speed Railway Line Madrid – Segovia – Valladolid/Medina del Campo: additional works related to rail infrastructure and technology works – Phase II project is EUR 261 346 845. The European Regional Development Fund contribution amounts to EUR 177 548 592 in the period 2007-2013.
1 For the first phase, see ‘The Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid high-speed train is up and running’