Spain’s Adif details regional upgrade plans for Catalunya

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Adif will be carrying out a variety of works in the Spanish region of Catalunya over de coming months, ranging from the commissioning of new commuter rail stations to a change of gauge on certain section of tracks. The projects represent a combined investment of more than 470 million euros.

The planned works are part of the multi-billion-euro Rodalies de Catalunya plan, which envisions a full overhaul of the railway network in the region in the current decade. The plans presented by Adif on Tuesday are intended to give the Rodalies project a boost.

In Barcelona itself, Adif will be working to commission the new Rodalies de Sant Andreu Comtal commuter rail station. It will also be installing tracks in the new La Sagrera station, which is currently under construction.

In the Barcelona suburb of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Adif will work to better integrate the current railway. For example, the infrastructure manager will eliminate level crossing at the existing station.

Change of gauge

Adif will also be switching over the tracks in the Castellbisbal tunnel to the international gauge. The tunnel is part of the Martorell-Castellbisbal section, also known as the gateway to the Mediterranean Corridor. Similar works are also being carried out further south between Nudo de Vilaseca and Martorell, while the same work is already competed to the north between Nudo de Castellbisbal and the French border.

When work in the Castellbisbal tunnel starts, Adif will reopen the 800-metre Costablanca tunnel so as to not hinder railway traffic too much.

Adif will be carrying out an overhaul of the Martorell-Sant Vicenç de Calders section in tandem, which will include the addition of a third line, the construction of new under passes and improvements to the overhead lines.

At more than 152 and 134 million euros, respectively, work on the Castellbisbal tunnel and the the Martorell-Sant Vicenç de Calders section represent the mostly costly undertakings in the coming period.

Services affected for the coming 10 months

The mentioned works will affect railway services in the coming months, Adif warns. From April 23 through February 2023, a number of lines will operate on an altered timetable, such as the R1, R4 and R8.

Changes to the timetables of the R3 and R7, among other lines, will be made to help cushion the impact of reduced services on other lines.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Chief Editor, RailTech.com

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