Design contract for Madrid-Extremadura conventional line

Adif has awarded Prointec a EUR 3 million design contract for the modernisation of Madrid-Extremadura conventional line to adapt the gauges of the route between Illescas (Toledo) and Talayuela (Cáceres) to the conditions of the future electrification of this line to 25 kV.

The project comprises the renewal of the infrastructure at 9 stations along the route and its adaptation to freight train traffic of up to 750 m.

Under the contract, the contractor will analyse the gauges from the Illescas station to Talayuela, where a section of the high-speed line under construction ends. It will study station platforms, bridges or viaducts to determine the actions to adapt the gauges. It will define renovation and improvement actions at the Illescas, Villaluenga-Yuncler, Villamiel de Toledo, Torrijos, Erustes, Montearagón, Calera y Chozas, Talavera de la Reina and Oropesa de Toledo stations.

The contract will include the adaptation of roadways, the renewal of tracks, sleepers, fastenings and track devices and the adaptation of ramps. The actions will also reinforce the operation of the sectional tracks to facilitate crossings between trains from opposite directions and promote their use for freight trains of up to 750 m. To increase safety conditions at these stations, the renovation of steps between platforms at the same level or their elimination is planned, implementing new crossings at different levels, as well as the installation of enclosures.

In parallel to this project, Adif is advancing in the drafting of the project for the electrification of this section, which will have the characteristics of high-speed electrification. Two electric traction substations will be built in the municipalities of Torrijos and Calera y Chozas and the contact area line (catenary) and the rest of the systems will be laid, such as the energy remote control to control the installation from the Circulation Regulation Centre (CRC).

On the other hand, Adif completes the first section of the corridor, between Plasencia and Badajoz, already in service and electrified, with the construction of the Mérida bypass and the deployment of the ERTMS signalling system. It has also contracted the construction of the connecting branch with Plasencia and the last stage of the renovation of tracks, platforms and other elements of the Mérida, Aljucén and Cáceres stations is being addressed, after completing them at the Badajoz station.

At the same time, it is already drafting the project for laying tracks between Talayuela and Plasencia and is advancing in the construction of the platform of this second section, which will have 70% of its platform completed this year. At two sections it is already finished, at other two it will be finalised the conclusion and advances in three. The Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, for its part, addresses the informative study of the Madrid – Oropesa section.

The actions for the modernisation of Madrid-Extremadura conventional line will contribute to improving the reliability and operating efficiency of the conventional line, while high-speed sections are concluded and put into service. In addition, they will promote the connection of the community of Extremadura community with Madrid and the rest of the country on a conventional network and, with it, the mobility of travelers and the transport of goods.

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