High-Speed Lines

Valladolid - Burgos - Vitoria Line

EUROPEAN UNION

A way of making Europe

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

  • By the Cohesion Fund as part of the Cohesion Fund - ERDF Operational Programme, for the construction of the Burgos - Vitoria section, as well as the supply and installation of tracks, power lines, and the installation of signalling and communications infrastructures for the Valladolid - Burgos section.
  • The TEN-T (Trans-European Network Transport) will provide 55.1 million euro for the platform works of the Valladolid - Burgos section as well as for the studies and projects of the Valladolid - Burgos - Vitoria section.

 (Information valid on 31 March 2010)

Banco Europeo de Inversiones (BEI)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) collaborates in the funding of this project.

logo of The European Investment Bank (EIB)

ADVANTAGES OF THE LINE

Mapa de la línea

This line falls within the “New Railway Access to the North and Northeast of Spain”, as one of the 14 priority projects in the European Community, to be specific, priority project no. 3 of the European Atlantic Railway Axis.

It represents the extension of the Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid high speed network up to the connection with the future Vitoria-Bilbao-San Sebastián/French Border high speed line.

Among the advantages that its coming into operation stand out the decrease of distance travelled between Valladolid and Victoria by 21.4 km, from the current 244.8 km to 223.4 km, which together with the increase of speed, will result in the estimated journey time cut down by 50 per cent, from 2 hours and 10 minutes to just over one hour.


MAIN FEATURES

Steel fixing to construct a viaduct

The line will have a double gauge electrified track and UIC international gauge (1,435 mm). It has been designed to reach a maximum speed of 350 km/h, exclussively with passenger traffic.

In the new section, from Valladolid to Vitoria, a total of 6% will be built in special structures and 9% in tunnels.

Among the projects that will be developed we must highlight, for their special complexity, the Valladolid railway integration, the Venta de Baños Node, the new station and variant of Burgos, already in service, the difficult Pancorbo gorge crossing and the integrations in Miranda de Ebro and Vitoria. 

Integration in Valladolid

The integration of the railway in Valladolid has already begun in the district of Pinar de Antequera with the tunnelling of the two international gauge tracks and the two Iberian gauge tracks. The railway facillities of Campo Grande, la Esperanza and Argales will be moved to a new multi-purpose section, and subsequently the international gauge tracks will be tunnelled in the urban surroundings of Campo Grande.

Venta de Baños Node

The current Venta de Baños station will be connected to the Palencia - León high speed line. Two independent branch-lines have been designed in such a way that it is possible to carry out all the possible direct movements between the cities of Valladolid, Palencia and Burgos. 

Burgos Railway Section

Burgos Rosa de Lima Station

It consists in a new section that passes the northern part of the city, with a total length of 30.1 km. Its construction has freed the former urban crossing.

It became operational on 19 February 2009, however, at first two Iberian gauge tracks have been mounted with polyvalent sleepers on three-track platform. In the future, when high speed arrives, it will be transformed to two UIC European gauge tracks and one Iberian gauge track-

The new Burgos station has been built in this new section, named Burgos-Rosa de Lima, in remembrance of Rosa de Lima Manzano, former general traffic director, who died in a tragic helicopter crash.

5 tracks and 3 platforms have been built in this new station. In the future, 2 of the tracks will remain Iberian gauge and 3 will adapt to UIC gauge, and one more will be added in this gauge, which will total 6 tracks.

Pancorbo gorge crossing

Included in the Pancorbo - Ameyugo subsection, nearly 80% of the total length of this section (8.2 km) are tunnels. The longest one to be built will be 4,360 metres.

 

Integration of the Railway in Miranda de Ebro

It has an approximate length of 6 km. It includes platforms of the Miranda de Ebro high speed station, both those corresponding to the current Madrid - Hendaya line and the rest of the conventional gauge tracks that will be affected, and the branch-lines to Castejón de Ebro and Bilbao.

Miranda de Ebro Station

STATIONS

  • Valladolid
  • Burgos Rosa de Lima
  • Miranda de Ebro
  • Vitoria

Automatic Train Supervision Control Units (ATS)

  • Venta de Baños (Palencia)
  • Revilla Vallejera (Burgos)
  • Cubo de Bureba-Santa María de Ribarredonda (Burgos)

MAIN INFORMATION

  • Length of Valladolid-Burgos Node Section: 134.8 km
  • Length of Burgos - Vitoria section: 98.8 km
  • Track suitable for maximum speeds of 350 km/h
  • Line suitable for passenger traffic
  • UIC double gauge track (International)
  • Signalling systems:
    ERTMS (Level 1 and Level 2) and ASFA
  • Mobile communication system: GSMR
  • 2 x 25 kV/AC electric line
  • Maximum slope: 25 thousandths per metre.

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.