There is already a date. The tunnel connecting Atocha and Chamartn and allow the AVE without transfers to open next July 1. This has been announced by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, through the State Railway Safety Agency (AESF), to open the new tunnel in standard gauge, as well as the southern high-speed access to the capital.

This new infrastructure has required a investment of 1,072 million euros and allow decongesting the traffic to and from Madrid and connecting the high-speed lines in the north of Spain with those in the east and south, facilitating the establishment of passing services, thus avoiding transfers in the capital and promoting territorial structuring.

The opening of this tunnel will allow the departure of the new high-speed trains from private companies to Valencia and Alicante from the Chamartn station, serving the capital’s financial area.

The Spanish high-speed network has been developed in two areas: on the one hand, the lines linking Madrid with the north and northwest of the country, which have their origin and destination at the Madrid-Chamartín-Clara Campoamor, and on the other, the high-speed ones from the east, east and south, with origin and destination in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha. The new high-speed tunnel between the two stations in the capital -which has required a investment of 338 million euros-, allow to connect both networks.

The commissioning of this infrastructure will allow the articulation of a single and transversal high-speed network between the main Spanish cities, avoiding transfers in Madrid and promoting territorial structuring, according to the portfolio.

Once the expansion of Madrid Puerta de Atochaand with the future transit station in operation, all high-speed trains arriving or departing from the capital will be able to stop at both Atocha and Chamartn, which will go from being terminal stations (that is, stations of origin and final destination of the circulations) to be intern stations (intermediate in a route).

Disclaimer: If you need to update/edit/remove this news or article then please contact our support team Learn more

J. A. Allen

Author, blogger, freelance writer. Hater of spiders. Drinker of wine. Mother of hellions.