High Speed Lines
Madrid - Extremadura - Portuguese Border line
The following will be co-funded in the 2007 - 2013 period:
- By the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the Cohesion Fund- ERDF, Operational Program, the railroad bed works of the Talayuela - Cáceres - Mérida section, with estimated subsidies of 240.5 million Euros.
- By the TETN (Trans European Transport Networks) subsidies. The studies and projects of the Talayuela - Cáceres - Mérida section, as well as the railroad bed works of the Mérida - Badajoz - Caia section, with subsidies of 127.6 million Euros.
- (Information at 31 March 2010)
Banco Europeo de Inversiones (BEI)
El Banco Europeo de Inversiones (BEI) colabora en la financiación de este proyecto.
Citizen Information and Service Point (PIAC) in Mérida
The PIAC offers current information on the state of the works in the Talayuela-Cáceres-Badajoz section, having a personalized attention on the specific aspects of the different projects and processing all those queries related to construction processes, mobility disturbances and other aspects related to town planning.
The PIAC is distributing a leaflet giving specific information on the Madrid-Extremadura-Portuguese Border high speed line (section: Talayuela-Cáceres-Badajoz) and another Adif corporate leaflet, which includes a DVD with information on the entry in service of other high speed lines (Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid and Madrid-Malaga), as well as institutional information and social responsibility.
PIAC Mérida :
- Opening hours: The PIAC is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Address: Lobby of Mérida station
- Telephone: 924 38 78 15
- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advantages of the line
The new rail infrastructure will achieve the incorporation of Extremadura in the Spanish high speed rail network.
The improvement in travelling conditions and time in Extremadura's connection to Portugal and with the centre of Spain, will mean that inhabitants of Extremadura experience a revolution in the next decade.
The new route being built, with double electrified track and international gauge, will be suitable for mixed passenger and cargo traffic and it has been designed according to parameters which make it possible for passenger trains to reach speeds over 300 km/h.
Section 1.Pantoja - Talavera de la Reina - Oropesa - 139km
The line has been divided, for administrative purposes, in two sections, Madrid-Oropesa (139 kilometres) and Talayuela -Cáceres-Badajoz (369 kilometres).
It shares its first 52 kilometres with the Madrid – Seville high speed line, until reaching the vicinity of La Sagra. From here, the new stretch starts, which heads towards Talavera de la Reina and the provincial and regional limit between Toledo and Cáceres.
Until Talavera de la Reina the route is based on the current Madrid-Valencia de Alcántara railway line. Then, the new route will run beside the N-V motorway until in Oropesa it recovers the corridor of the current line. This first section concludes at the limit of the province of Toledo with Cáceres.
The Ministry of Public Works is the body in charge of the construction works of this first section from Madrid – Oropesa. The new high speed station of Talavera de la Reina forms part of an urban railway integration, included in the framework of the Railway integration protocol in that town, signed on 18 October 2007 by the Ministry of Public Works, Adif, the Autonomous Government of Castilla - La Mancha and the Town Council.
Section 2. Talayuela – Navalmoral de la Mata – Plasencia-Fuentidueñas – Cáceres – Mérida – Badajoz – Total length 369 km
At the limit of the Autonomous Regions of Castilla La Mancha and Extremadura the part of the project commences whose construction has been entrusted to Adif, from Talayuela to the Spanish-Portuguese border.
It starts in the Municipal District of Talayuela, then passes through Navalmoral de la Mata, where a station has been planned and it continues along the current railway corridor until reaching the new Plasencia station in Fuentidueñas. The name of this last station is due to Plasencia being the closest and largest population centre the future station will give service to and the name Fuentidueñas comes from the place where an old halt is located.
The section, to Cáceres, with an approximate length of 140 km, avoids in all cases the Areas of Special Protection for Birds (ZEPA) and the Places of Community Interest (LIC) of Torrijos, Castrejón reservoir, Rosarito, Navalcán and Valdecañas, as well as the plains of Oropesa, Lagartera, Calera and Chozas. The LIC of the Sierra de San Vicente mountains and Barrancas de Talavera hills are protected, among others further from the railway line.
From Plasencia, the line turns south, towards Cáceres and Mérida, remaining considerably parallel to the Autovía de la Plata motorway or the route of the current Madrid – Valencia de Alcántara railway line.
To optimize the corridor's functionality, the solution in Mérida is configured by a direct line to Badajoz and a by-pass through the current station, similar to the design of the Madrid-Zaragoza-Barcelona-French border line as it passes through the cities of Zaragoza and Barcelona.
The remodeling and construction of three new stations are planned in Cáceres, Mérida and Badajoz .
The Badajoz - Portuguese Border section is pending the Information Study that is carried out by the European Economic Interest Grouping - Alta velocidad España - Portugal (AEIE - AVEP)
STATIONS ON THE LINE
- Talavera de la Reina
- Navalmoral de la Mata
- Plasencia - Fuentidueñas
- Route for speeds over 300 km/h
- Line suitable for mixed passenger-cargo traffic
- Double UIC gauge track (International)
- Level crossings: None
- Signaling systems : ERTMS (Level 1 and Level 2) and ASFA.
- Communications system: GSMR mobile
- 2 x 25 kV/AC electric line.
- Electronic interlockings.
- Radio type 7,000 m.
- Maximum gradient: 17.5 thousandths
Respect for the environment forms part of the values that define Adif as a company and constitute one of its strategic axes of action at the same level as safety. Adif's commitment, beyond guaranteeing compliance with environmental legislation, aims to increase ecoefficiency based on obtaining improvements above that demanded, with a contribution to the society we serve.
The objectives of the Environmental Policy include maintaining maximum respect for natural spaces protected during the design, building and operation of the railway infrastructure.
- The routes chosen are those which most respect the environment, as in the case of the 42 km track to be built to avoid the "ZEPA de Monfragüe y Dehesas del entorno” protected space, belonging to Red Natura 2000.
- The works execution rates adapt to the bird nesting periods and works are also carried out to protect fauna, flora and hydrological systems, as well as environmental and landscape recovery.