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BREAKING: Adif AV turns Burgos into the high-speed connection node with the north of the country

BREAKING: Adif AV turns Burgos into the high-speed connection node with the north of the country
photo: Adif AV/BREAKING: Adif AV turns Burgos into the high-speed connection node with the north of the country
01 / 08 / 2022

Adif Alta Velocidad (Adif AV) has put into service today the new High-Speed Line (HSL) to Burgos - Venta de Baños (Palencia) - Burgos section, an 86.5 km infrastructure that, with an investment of 759 million euros, connects the capital of Burgos to one of the most reliable, sustainable, and technologically advanced high-speed railway networks.

The inaugural trip was presided over by His Majesty the King, accompanied by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez; the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez; the Government Delegate in Castilla y León, Virginia Barcones; the President of the Regional Government of Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco; and the President of Adif and Adif AV, María Luisa Domínguez, among other authorities.

Designed to reach maximum speeds of 350 km/h, the high-speed line to Burgos incorporates the most advanced systems and technologies: it has a single electrified track in standard gauge and is equipped with ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) level 2.

The line, which includes the Burgos bypass, has twelve viaducts, with a total length of 4.6 km, as well as two tunnels, totalling 1.3 km, with the El Almendro tunnel, with a total length of more than 800 m, being the most important. The Pisuerga River, as well as the Arlanza and Arlanzón Rivers, the A-62 highway and the Madrid-Hendaye conventional railway line, have been crossed on two occasions along the route. For this purpose, viaducts of notable dimensions were built, such as the 1.3 km long bridge that spans the Pisuerga River and the highway, in the Venta de Baños area, and a second viaduct over the Pisuerga River of 1.1 km long.

Its construction has been carried out under strict principles of respect for the environment, with precise attention to the protection of biodiversity in the valleys of the Pisuerga and Arlanzón rivers and the historical and archaeological heritage, in excavation, documentation and recovery of materials from the Roman villa of Molino de Arriba, in Buniel.

High-speed connection node with the north of the country

The LAV to Burgos starts from the triangle or railway junction in Venta de Baños, in the North-Northwest High-Speed Corridor, a node connecting the Valladolid-Palencia-León-Asturias and Venta de Baños-Burgos-Vitoria-French border axes. In this way, it will allow direct and transversal circulations between these lines and the cities of Valladolid, Palencia and Burgos, reducing travel times and increasing the reliability and capacity of the infrastructure.

Likewise, the installation of the gauge changer at Burgos Rosa Manzano station will create new synergies between the high-speed and conventional networks, since trains with origin or destination in the Basque Country will be able to make the journey between Madrid and Burgos on the high-speed line, under the same principles of quality and reliability, and then continue the journey on the conventional line.

The new connection to Burgos joins the Spanish high-speed network, which will reach 4,000 km this year; the most extensive network in Europe and the first in the world by km with the ERTMS railway signalling system, installed in more than 2,700 km in our country.

European funding

The LAV Venta de Baños-Burgos-Vitoria/French Border is co-financed in the 2014-2020 period by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through the Pluri-regional P.O. of Spain 2014-2020, Thematic Objective 7: Sustainable Transport, and the deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). A way of doing Europe.


Source: Adif Alta Velocidad Press Releases


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