Almería - Murcia Line

High-speed Mediterranean Corridor


This line, integrated into the Mediterranean High-Speed Corridor, will connect the city of Almeria with this Corridor, as well as with the Madrid-Castile La Mancha-Valencian Community-Murcia Region High-Speed Line.

This will boost Almeria's rail links with Murcia, Levante, Catalonia, Castile La Mancha and the centre of the Iberian Peninsula, integrating it into the European rail networks as a whole and reducing journey times. In addition it will improve local services on the Murcia-Águilas route.

This line is included in the General Interest Railway Network.

European Funding

Adif AV has received aid and financing for this line from the various European Union (EU) funds and programmes.

"A way to make Europe"

Main features

Quality service

In order to take advantage of the investment already made, of €792 million, which has enabled 7 sections to be completed, although without continuity, and optimising the planned investments, a double-track track-bed is contemplated up to Pulpí, in a single track between Pulpí and Vera (25.7 km), again double track between Vera and Arejos (27.7 km), on the Los Arejos-Níjar section, the initial section has to be executed on a double-track track-bed, to have 40 km of double track in the extension of the Vera-Los Arejos section, necessary for dynamic overtaking of trains, and single track to Almeria (44.8 km), thus optimising the investment and guaranteeing the capacity to meet future demand studies.

Some unique works stand out, such as the Cadímar viaduct (Vera-Los Gallardos subsection) with a length of 1,965 metres, and the Sorbas tunnels (Sorbas subsection - Barranco de los Gafarillos), at 7,538 metres long, which will be the longest in Andalusia, longer than the Abdalajís tunnels, on the Córdoba-Málaga High-Speed Line. They are technically very complex as they cross a large massif of gypsiferous materials.
Quality service

The drilling was carried out using a tunnel boring machine and conventional methods. The "Alcazaba" TBM finished drilling the first tunnel on 15 March 2011 and, after being dismantled and reassembled, it was then used to drill the second tunnel, finishing on 18 January 2012, after six months of work, with an average output of more than 1,000 metres per month.

Integración en Lorca

Entre las actuaciones a destacar en esta línea se encuentra la integración y permeabilidad del ferrocarril en la ciudad y la nueva estación de Lorca-Sutullena, que integra el edificio de viajeros histórico, y que se ubicará junto a la terminal de autobuses.

Esta operación transformará Lorca: promueve la integración de ferrocarril en la ciudad y su permeabilidad, eliminando seis pasos a nivel, generando nuevos espacios y dotándola de conexiones ferroviarias modernas y sostenibles. Asimismo, potenciará este modo de transporte tanto para viajes de larga distancia, como de cercanías, y la intermodalidad, al ubicarse la nueva terminal junto a una estación de autobuses. La inversión inversión será de 408 millones de euros.

El proyecto supone construir los 3,2 km de la LAV a su paso por Lorca, en su mayor parte a través de un túnel (2,9 km), en el espacio que ahora ocupa la línea convencional Murcia Mercancías-Águilas.

En el centro de este tramo se habilitará la nueva estación Lorca-Sutullena, con las vías y andenes soterrados -dos andenes laterales para trenes de alta velocidad y otro central para cercanías- y un edificio de viajeros en superficie, como resultado de la integración del edificio histórico, que la actuación preserva y pone en valor, con una zona de nueva construcción.​​​​​​

Environmental measures

The Ministry of Public Works and Adif-Alta Velocidad support sustainable and environmentally-friendly development, respecting protected natural spaces during the design, construction and operation of rail infrastructure.

The requirements of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are also complied with, 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.

The works of the high speed train that will connect Murcia and Almería will have to protect the existing Rambla de Librilla, Rambla de Algeciras and the Jauto River.

On the other hand, the EIS has specific actions to protect ecological values of Sites of Community Interest (SCI) such as “Sierra del Alto Almagro”, “Río Antas”, “Sierra de Cabrera-Bédar” and “Ramblas del Percal, Tabernas y Sur de la sierra de Alhamilla”

Among other projects, there will be environmental restoration of dry riverbeds, ravines and land affected by erosion within the SCIs.

The environmental viability of the Cabrera mountain range is possible due to the construction of the Sorbas tunnel which stretches under the Sierra Cabrera-Bédar ACI, with a length of 7.5 km.

With regards to fauna, the EIS includes measures to protect the Greek tortoise, an endangered species that is present throughout the Sierra Cabrera branch and at other points along the route.

For this purpose a detailed study will be carried out, together with the Government of Andalusia, to determine the distribution of the Greek tortoise, the location of specific passes, and to propose the necessary protective, corrective or compensatory measures.

Infrastructure characteristics
in length
Length of the Sorbas Tunnels
Length of the Candímar Viaduct
for travellers: Murcia, Lorca, Vera and Almería