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.
Description of the line
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 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
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
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
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
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.
The longest is 1,330 m