High-speed Lines

Antequera - Granada

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 During the period 2007-2013 this line will be co-financed: 

 

 

  • by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the Cohesion Fund-ERDF Operational Programme, which will provide in the region of 600 million euros for the construction of platforms, the supply and installation of tracks and power lines, and the installation of signalling and communications infrastructures.

(Information valid at 31 March 2010)

 

 

Line map

 

 

 


Information point and customer services desk (PIAC) in Granada

The PIACs provide up-to-date details on the status of construction and installation work, offering personalized information on specific aspects of different projects and responding to inquiries about construction processes, travel disruption and other relevant aspects. They also process requests for specific information and customer complaints.

 

The PIACs offer a range of audiovisual resources and leaflets covering the main features of high-speed lines, environmental projects, major infrastructures and the benefits of development work.

Advantages of the line

The high-speed Antequera-Granada line will form part of the Andalusia corridor. Construction of this high-performance corridor is shared between the Government of Andalusia, which will be responsible for the Seville - Antequera line, and the Ministry of Public Works through Adif, which will complete the section linking Granada.

 

 

The new line will provide a direct high-speed link between Granada, Malaga, Cordoba, Seville, Madrid and other Spanish cities, significantly reducing journey times.

As well as connecting Granada to cities outside Andalusia, the new line will also make a significant contribution to transport links within the region.

 

 

Aerial view of the line

Main features

The 126-kilometre line will start close to the current site of the Antequera-Santa Ana station, on the high-speed Cordoba-Malaga line. The possibility of a second connection in the area of the Gobantes tunnel, creating a direct link between Granada and Malaga, is also being considered.

Antequera itself is located between these two connections, and will be home to a new station bearing the name of the city.

 

Archidona viaduct, in construction

The line will be extended towards Granada, running largely parallel with the A-92 motorway through difficult terrain that will require the construction of relatively long viaducts and tunnels.

Major new infrastructure will include the 3 km Archidona viaduct, followed by a tunnel stretching 1 km, which will prevent disruption to the Archidona aquifer, and the 3.6 km Quejigares tunnel, which will be excavated with a tunnel boring machine.

The second station on the line will be built in Loja (Granada).

From this point, the line will run through more level terrain to the final station in Granada.

The approach to Granada will use a new multi-purpose section that will include the end of the conventional Moreda-Granada line. This will serve to maintain current levels of service on the Moreda-Granada line, which has begun to show signs of permeation.

The integrated section in Granada is approximately 3.5 km long and will include underground lines and a new passenger station on the site of the existing station. The building will be constructed at surface level, with the main façade adjoining the light railway line to be constructed by the Government of Andalusia, providing full intermodal connection between the metropolitan and inter-city networks in the region.

The construction work and rail infrastructures planned under this project form part of the Collaboration Protocol for Rail Integration in Granada, signed by the Ministry of Public Works, the Government of Andalusia, Granada City Council and Adif in February 2008.

Aerial view of the line

Stations

  • Antequera
  • Loja
  • Granada

Main information

  • Length: 126 km
  • Track suitable for speeds of 300 km/h
  • Line suitable for passenger traffic
  • UIC double gauge track (International)
  • Level crossings: none
  • Signalling systems:
    ERTMS (Level 1 and Level 2) and ASFA Mobile communication system: GSMR
  • 2 x 25 kV/AC electric line
  • Electronic interlocks
  • Radio type 7,000 m
  • Maximum gradient: 25 thousandths

Environment

Quejigares tunnel

Adif and the Ministry of Public Works support sustainable and environmentally respectful development, respecting protected natural spaces during the design, construction and operation of rail infrastructure.

Adif complies with the requirements of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), ensuring that all construction and infrastructure work is successfully integrated into the surrounding area and that all applicable environmental measures are implemented as effectively as possible.

In the sections Peña de los Enamorados-Archidona-Arroyo de la Negra,

major changes have been made to the original construction plan to prevent damage to the aquifer that supplies water to the population of Archidona and Villanueva del Tapia. The new plans consist in raising the platform level by 30 metres and constructing a 3 km viaduct to cover an area in which construction of an embankment had been envisaged. The amendments to the original plan have increased the estimated costs by approximately 70 million euros.

In the Tocón-Valderrubio section, a 150-metre viaduct will be built to prevent damage to the “El Tesorillo” archeological site, protecting important cultural heritage in the region.


Links of interest

Screenshot from the Adif Multimedia Channel. Video