Adif is advancing the renewal of Ourense – Lugo conventional line and will begin the essential actions to adapt the electrification system of the Ourense – Monforte de Lemos section.
The action, which will need an investment of EUR 24.3 million, involves adapting the electrification currently available to 25 kV on the 45-km section between Ourense and Monforte and the preparation of the electrification of the section between Monforte de Lemos and Lugo for which another EUR 17.2 million financing is allocated.
To undertake this adaptation, Adif will carry out essential actions on the Ourense – Monforte section to later install the new electrification elements, such as track and infrastructure renewal work covering the adaption of bridges and viaducts, lowering of tunnels, gauge conversion and replacement of drainage system.
These works will involve erecting the track and other facilities which are not incompatible with the provision of the rail service during the implementation of the project which will be completed by mid-2023. The electrification of Ourense-Monforte de Lemos-Lugo line has been approved in November 2019.
With this action, Adif gives a new impetus to the renovation that it undertakes in the Ourense – Lugo conventional line to optimise its commercial exploitation conditions in terms of reliability, comfort and travel times, which will mean a total expected investment of EUR 550 million. Currently, around 85% of this estimated investment has already been mobilised works along 117 km connecting Ourense with the high-speed rail to Galicia.
In addition to the electrification on the line, Adif has signed contracts and work is underway covering track renewals, as well as the installation of signalling and telecommunications systems, the optimisation of the tunnels and bridges and the adaptation of stations.
The project is implemented with funds from the European Union-Next GenerationEU.
The renewal of the line is part of the commitment and, investment effort that Adif makes to modernize maintain and preserve the conventional railway network.