High-Speed Lines

León - Palencia Line

EUROPEAN UNION

A way of making Europe

 

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

  • By the Cohesion Fund as part of the Cohesion Fund-ERDF Operational Programme, which will provide the Palencia - León section around 102.7 million euro.

(Information at 31 March 2010)

 

Line map

Advantages of the line

The purpose of building this line is to ensure continuity between the Madrid - Valladolid High Speed Line and its connections with the North and Northeast, especially with the León and Asturias accesses.

In addition to contributing to the socioeconomic structuring of the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León, it will significantly reduce the journey time between Madrid and León: around two hours less compared to the current time with the conventional line.

The line will also integrate railway in cities, both in Palencia and in León, with the inherent benefits that these projects exercise in the cities' city planning.


Main features

Platform works

The Palencia-León line is around 120.8 km long. It will have a double gauge electrified track and UIC international gauge.

It will be designed for freight and passenger traffic.

Its layout is not as condioned by the abrupt orography of the land as the rest of the lines in the North-Northeast Corridor (León – Asturias and Ourense – Santiago)

The longest structures to be built are located in the Palanquinos - Onzonilla subsection, which are a 660-metre-long viaduct over the Esla river and another in the Torneros area, 581 metres long. A pergola is also going to be built over the tracks of the future rolling stock and towed wagon facilities, as well as the double gauge track of the current Palencia-Coruña line, with a length of 606 metres.


Stations

Integration in Palencia

Palencia Station Façade

The main works considered in this urban integration are the implementation of a UIC double gauge track as it crosses the city of Palencia and the construction of a new passanger station.

The new UIC track, together with an iberian gauge single track will configure the new Palencia railway network, which will be moved underground and have a length of 2,740 metres.

The new passenger station will be located where the current station is. It will be accessible from both sides of the railway line.

Integration in León

León Station Façade

The project considers the execution of the final entry line into the capital, as well as the construction of a provisional station, which will free the ground for the future tunnelling works of the line and the construction of the final station.

The two general tracks of the existing line between Palencia and León will be adapted to high speed in the section from Onzonilla and León Station. They will arrive here by means of a junction to the provisional station, which will consist of 4 platform tracks and two manoeuvring tracks. The hallway will be 200 square metres. It will be installed inside the current luggage building, which will have to be adapted to the needs of the users and of the railway services.

These works are very complex to execute as it is necessary to affect the operativeness of the León Station and the freight classification facilities as little as possible, as well as the traffic conditions and the currently rendered services.

This projectly is partly financed by the León Alta Velocidad Partnership and is included in the framework of the commitments undertaken by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Junta de Castilla y León and the city councils of León and San Andrés de Rabanedo.


Main information

Steel fixing for construction
  • This projectly is partly financed by the León Alta Velocidad Partnership and is included in the framework of the commitments undertaken by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Junta de Castilla y León and the city councils of León and San Andrés de Rabanedo.
  • Line suitable for mixed, freight and 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

Environmental measures

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

Adif also 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.

All measures intend to reduce the impact of construction of the new line, strictly respecting the ecosystems of the areas through which it passes, and minimising visual, sound and landscape impact.