Madrid-Chamartín-Clara Campoamor station takes mantle of Spain’s main railway node
The Madrid-Chamartín-Clara Campoamor station earlier on Tuesday became the new terminus for the high-speed services from Allicante and Murcia, thereby assuming its new role as Spain’s main high-speed, long-distance railway node.
The consolidation follows the commissioning in July of the 7,3-kilometre Chamartín-Atocha tunnel, which effectively links the high-speed networks in the north and south of the country. This eliminates the need for passengers to transfer in Madrid. The tunnel and the associated works represented an investment of close to 1,1 billion euros.
Services from Valencia will terminate at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha until the additional tracks at Madrid-Chamartín-Clara Campoamor are put into use. This is expected to happen in the coming months, infrastructure manager Adif says.
Once the switch is complete, all but eight services from the Levante region and Madrid will call at Madrid-Chamartín-Clara Campoamor. The Levante roughly means the areas along the Mediterranean coast, and more specifically Valencia, Murcia, Almería, the Balearics and the coastal region of Catalonia.