Levante Line

Madrid - Castile-La Mancha - Valencia Region - Murcia Region Line

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The train travels through four Autonomous Regions: Madrid, Castile-La Mancha, Valencia and Murcia. It is the backbone for the high-speed rail connections from the south-east of mainland Spain to the central meseta. It allows all the provincial capitals in Castile-La Mancha to access high-speed trains, and reduces travel times from the whole of the Valencia and Murcia regions to the Spanish capital. These regions are home to approximately 26% of the Spanish population.

European Funding

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

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

Current situation

This line is one of the three axes for which Adif Alta Velocidad has requested bids for the allocation of capacity in the process of railway deregulation that has been carried out recently and that will soon allow the entry of new operators, which will expand the offer and, therefore, the users' choice. These offers have been materialised in the framework agreements which establish the number of tracks or circulations per day, and which last ten years.

Advantages of the line

Quality service

The construction of this high-speed line, with a length of 955 kilometres, is an engineering challenge requiring a huge investment. The total planned investment of 12,410 billion euros, and all of the activity before and after the line is put into service will help to boost the economy and regional structure of our country

All of the cities along the route will have appreciably reduced rail travel times, as well as improved quality and safety conditions on railway journeys. A significant example is the outstanding travel time between Madrid and Valencia, which is now 1 hour 35 minutes, instead of almost two hours before the line opened.

As well as serving as the backbone of the transport structure of the different Autonomous Regions, the line will boost socioeconomic development and business competition.

It also involves the creation of new functional and modern stations, adapted to the 21st century, in Cuenca, Requena - Utiel, Albacete, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Villena and Elche.

Adif Alta Velocidad has been entrusted with the execution of all the works on this line. Out of a total planned investment of 12,410 M€, 6,600 M€ correspond to the sections inaugurated in 2010, Madrid - Albacete and Madrid - Valencia; 1,920 M€ correspond to the Albacete - Alicante section, inaugurated in 2013.

The opening of the first 438 kilometres of the line to Valencia and Albacete, which came into service on 19 December, 2010, has contributed to making Spain the European country with the most kilometres of high-speed lines.

On 17 June, 2013, 165 kilometres corresponding to the Albacete - Alicante section came into service. Of the planned 955 kilometres total length , 603 kilometres are already operational.

The high-speed line will enable the reduction of approximately 80,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, and a saving in energy consumption of almost 30,000 tonnes of oil equivalent, based on an estimated 3 million passengers.

Put into service. Inaugurations

Inauguration of the Madrid - Valencia section on December 18, 2010

The 391 kilometre-long Madrid-Valencia route runs through the provinces of Madrid, Toledo, Cuenca and Valencia. It is part of the High Speed Madrid-Castile-La Mancha-Valencian Community-Murcia Region line, with 955 km of double UIC-gauge track that is electrified and adapted to the most demanding parameters of high speed travel. 

It runs for 27 km through the Community of Madrid, along the high-speed line that connects Madrid and Andalusia. Subsequently, the route forks through the Torrejón de Velasco link, crossing the provinces of Toledo, Cuenca and Valencia, to the Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station.

The Madrid - Cuenca - Albacete section was inaugurated on December 15, 2010.
This link, together with the one that connects the province of Cuenca to Valencia, represents the expansion of the Spanish high-speed network by 438 new kilometres, resulting in a total of 2,665 km of high-speed lines, making Spain the second country in the world, after China, and the first in Europe in terms of number of high performance kilometres in service.
The Albacete-Alicante section was inaugurated on June 17, 2013.
Infrastructure characteristics
955
Km
expected length
In service 603 km
106
Viaducts
Total length 3400 metres
54
Tunnels
Total length of 53.2 metres
7
Stations
for travellers: Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Cuenca Fernando Zóbel, Vialia Albacete los Llanos, Requena-Utiel, Valencia Joaquín Sorolla, Villena High Speed, Alicante Terminal