Venta de Baños - Burgos - Vitoria / French Border Line

New Rail Access to the North and Northwest of Spain


This line is part of the "New Rail Access to the North and North West of Spain", within one of the European Community’s 14 priority projects, specifically priority project no.3 of the European Atlantic Rail Corridor.

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

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) is collaborating in the funding of this project. 

Description of the line

Venta de Baños-Burgos section: 89 km
Venta de Baños-Burgos section: 89 km

North High-Speed Corridor, which will be connected to the Madrid-Valladolid-León High Speed Line, already in service. Along the route, 2 tunnels and 12 viaducts were designed, including the viaduct over the Pisuerga River (1,128 m) and the viaduct over the A-62 highway and the Pisuerga River (1,330 m).

The track-bed is designed for maximum speeds of 350 km/h. Practically all of the line, 81.3 km, will come into service as a single track. The security systems will be ERTMS and ASFA, and the communications system will be GSM-R.

Venta de Baños Station
The current building has high architectural and historical value for this city, which has always had such strong ties with the railway, and it will retain this value after refurbishment is completed.

The project involves adapting the station to the arrival of high speed trains. It includes remodelling the main hall and work on the platforms.

Venta de Baños Junction
Venta de Baños will be the location of the triangular rail junction that will connect the Valladolid – Palencia – León – Asturias line with the Venta de Baños – Burgos – Vitoria – French Border line, facilitating all possible direct movements between the cities of Valladolid, Palencia and Burgos.

This junction includes two of the longest viaducts on the line, of 1,330 and 1,128 metres, which cross the Pisuerga River and other already existing infrastructures.

Burgos Branch Line
Burgos Branch Line

This is a new route in the north of the city, 30.1 km in length. Its construction frees up the previous urban transit route.

It went into service on 19 February, 2009, although for the moment two multi-service Iberian gauge tracks have been installed on a three-track track-bed. In the future, when the high-speed service arrives, these will be converted to two European gauge (UIC) tracks and one Iberian gauge track.

The new Burgos station has been built on this line. It is called Burgos-Rosa de Lima, in memory of the ex director-general of traffic, Rosa de Lima Manzano, who died in a tragic helicopter accident.

A group of 5 tracks and 3 platforms has been constructed in the new station. In the future, 2 of the tracks will be left in the Iberian gauge, 3 will be adapted to the UIC gauge, and another in this gauge will be added, giving a total of 6 tracks.

Burgos – Vitoria section: 91 km
It is currently in the Informative Study phase. In this Study, the most appropriate technical solutions for the connection of the Basque capital to the rest of the high-speed network will be determined. The definitive length of this section is conditioned by the result of the Informative Study.
Stations on the line
Stations on the line
  • Miranda de Ebro: The station and its shunting yard will be remodelled for the arrival of high speed trains
  • Venta de Baños
  • Burgos Rosa de Lima
  • Vitoria

Environmental measures

The Ministry of Public Works and Adif Alta Velocidad are promoting the development of a truly sustainable and nature-friendly railway, where the maximum respect for protected natural areas is ensured during the design, construction and operation of the railway infrastructure.

In addition to ensuring compliance with the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the degree to which the works are integrated into their surroundings and the effectiveness of the environmental measures adopted during the works are assessed from a global perspective.

All the measures are aimed at limiting the effects of constructing the new line, with the utmost respect for the ecosystem of the areas through which the line passes, limiting its visual, noise and landscape impacts.

Infrastructure characteristics
in length
On the in-service section Venta de Baños-Burgos.
The longest is 1,330 m
On the in-service Venta de Baños- Burgos section
for travellers: Venta de Baños, Burgos Rosa de Lima, Miranda de Ebro and Vitoria