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Adif AV Contracts the Works of the Access Channel and the Transformation of the Joaquín Sorolla Station for More Than EUR 443 Million

Adif AV Contracts the Works of the Access Channel and the Transformation of the Joaquín Sorolla Station for More Than EUR 443 Million
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03 / 01 / 2023

Adif Alta Velocidad takes a decisive step in the railway integration in Valencia by awarding the most relevant infrastructure works in the capital, amounting to 443.4 million euros: the completion of the Access Channel and the complete remodelling of València Joaquín Sorolla station.

The project includes the undergrounding of all the access tracks to València Nord and València Joaquín Sorolla stations, as well as a transformation of the second terminal, including the enlargement of its car park.

The burying of the access channel to Avenida Giorgeta will free up land for the subsequent development of the city. With the comprehensive renovation of Joaquín Sorolla, the station will respond to the increase in demand resulting from the liberalisation of passenger transport and the development of the Mediterranean Corridor.

The railway infrastructure will be integrated into the urban fabric while, at the same time, increasing the capacity of both terminals in a way that is compatible with the future Central Station and the through tunnel.

In this way, Adif AV contributes to the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Goal 9, which promotes reliable, sustainable and quality infrastructures, and Goal 11, which promotes inclusive and sustainable cities.

The works for these operations have been awarded to the Temporary Joint Venture (UTE) comprising Dragados, Rover Infraestructuras, Rover Rail and Tecsa.

Complex actions compatible with rail traffic

The actions of the new access canal to Valencia -of great technical complexity- will be developed in phases over five years and will be compatible with rail traffic:

  • New Access Canal Phase III. It includes the burying of all the access tracks to the València Nord and València Joaquín Sorolla stations, in some cases extending the tunnels at the southern junction. The tracks will run at the same level, giving continuity to the tunnels already built at the southern junction, except for the incorporation of a ram jump that will resolve the crossing of the tracks to and from Joaquín Sorolla. It includes both the civil works for the burying of the access canal and the track assembly, electrification, railway installations, lighting, ventilation, pumping, etc. Works of enormous technical complexity will also be carried out, such as the new diversion of the southern collector for a new 2 km long section.
  • Transformation of the València Joaquín Sorolla station. Construction of new platforms and remodelling of the current ones to adapt them to the new track bed defined in the Canal de Acceso project, consisting of 10 standard gauge tracks: 6 200 m long tracks and 4 400 m long tracks. It includes the complete remodelling of the passenger building with a new elevated vestibule, as well as the remodelling of the surrounding urban development. The station will be adapted to the construction of the Access Channel and will respond, with more capacity, to the increase in passenger numbers.
  • Expansion of the València Joaquín Sorolla station car park, with the reorganisation of its interior and its connections with the surrounding roads.

Complementary actions

The commissioning of the Access Channel will require the carrying out of 5 complementary actions - currently in the project drafting phase - which will be completed as required by the operation:

  • Civil protection and safety installations in the access tunnels to Valencia are necessary for the commissioning of the global access tunnel to Valencia stations, which will be developed in the actions included in the Access Channel project.
  • Implementation of a gauge changer. The development of the Access Channel projects and the remodelling of the València Joaquín Sorolla station make it necessary to dismantle the current gauge changer - for trains travelling between the conventional and standard gauge networks - and to build a new changer in the area around the Nudo Sur/Fuente de San Luis.
  • Support parking for trains in the area around Fuente de San Luis. Installation of three new standard gauge tracks, which will make València Joaquín Sorolla station more operational and increase its capacity.
  • Adaptation of the conventional gauge tunnels. With the entry into service of the new Access Channel, the tunnels already built at the southern junction of the C3 suburban line will begin to be used, and so work will be carried out inside them.
  • Work on control, command and signalling installations.

Source: Adif AV Press Releases

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