The European Commission has approved a EUR 226 million funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the construction of a 48.5 km of rail track between Lubián and Taboadela in Spain.
The project envisages the construction of the line, including the needed tunnels along the route. the electrified line will be equipped with ERTMS Level 2.
The project is part of the development of Olmedo-Zamora-Lubián-Taboadela-Orense railway line, in north-west Spain.
Total investment for the project is EUR 736.4 million, with EUR 225.7 million from the ERDF through the “Multiregional OP for Spain ERDF” Operational Programme for the 2014-2020 programming period.
“This EU investment through Cohesion Policy will greatly benefit passengers and business with safer, faster and greener transport services. This project will also boost the local and EU economy at large as it is part of the EU’s Trans-European Network better linking the south-west Europe with the rest of the continent. It is these kind of projects that help us make the European Green Deal a reality,” Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said.
The railway line is expected to be operational in January 2022 and it will cover 48.5 km of the 548 km high-speed railway from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. When complete, the Madrid-Galicia HSL will allow trains to travel at maximum speeds up to 350 km/h. The Madrid-Galicia high-speed railway line improves the connectivity of the Trans-European Transport Network and helps substantially reduce travel times between the main cities of Spain’s north/north-western corridor.