High speed lines
Madrid - Toledo line
The following have been co-funded within the 2000-2006 period:
- By the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Integrated Operational Program of Castilla-La Mancha, the works of the new railway access to Toledo, with subsidies to 102,2 million Euros.
(Information at 31 December 2012)
Third high-speed line
On November 15, 2005 the high-speed Madrid-Toledo line was inaugurated. It was the third line of this kind to begin functioning in Spain, after the Madrid-Seville and Madrid-Lleida lines.
75 km in 35 minutes
The route between Madrid and Toledo runs on the high-speed Madrid - Seville line through km 54, in the municipality of La Sagra.
The track design at this terminal (the La Sagra P.A.E.T. station) allows the Toledo-bound trains to branch off at the speed of 220 km/h., without having to reduce their velocity.
Thus they connect with the regional capital by means of this new 20.5 kilometer rail access. The travel time between the two cities is 35 minutes.
The construction work on this new rail access, executed by the Railway Infrastructure Administrator (ADIF in its Spanish initials), a public business attached to the Ministry of Public Works, has required a 215 million euro investment of which 65.9 million will be financed through the ERDF European funds.
Description of the project
This is a 20.5 km double-track, international-gauge infrastructure that commences at about km 54 of the high-speed Madrid-Seville line, between Alameda de la Sagra and Toledo.
- Tracks: Tracks embedded in ballast.
The conditioning of the track and the installations in the north La Sagra terminal will allow trains using the new rail access to Toledo to branch off from the Madrid – Seville line at speeds of 220 km/h.
- Track gauge: Standard European: 1,435 mm.
- Speed: maximum: 270 km/h.
- Electrification system: 1 x 25 Kv. 50 Hz.
The line is technically equipped to recognize the ERTMS, LZB and ASFA systems. Initially, the LZB signaling system will be used on the La Sagra – Toledo connection. This is the most practical choice, as it is the same system used presently on the Madrid – Seville line. In the future, when the Madrid – Seville line is adapted to ERTMS signaling, the new high-speed access to Toledo will already be equipped with everything necessary to receive train circulation without needing any adaptation.
- Centralized Traffic Control: (CTC)
- Regulation Checks and Control: (RCC) at Madrid - Atocha.
- Central Control System: (CCS)
Seeks to optimize the overall use of the line, compensate for interruptions in circulation and resolve traffic conflicts.
- Supervision and surveillance system:
Includes auxiliary subsystems that improve safety and line operations as well as monitoring the condition of the infrastructure, the installations, and the rolling stock that travels on the line (detection of fallen objects, hotboxes, weather stations, video surveillance, detection of intrusions, etc.)
- Substations: Añover Taller.
- Land line telecommunications
The line is supplied with a fiber-optic trunk network that runs the length of the track. This is a high-capacity network that includes the latest transmission, commutation and routing technology. It is an open multiservice network and will give support to the rest of the systems: GSM-R, detection of fallen objects, hotboxes, dynamic behavior, pantograph conditions or passenger information, chronometry or the loudspeaker, among others.
- GSM-R mobile radio network
The ERTMS system transmits data between land equipment and on-board equipment via GSM-R mobile radio. The Global System for Mobiles for Railways (GSM-R) system, based on the ETSI GSM, is a mobile telephone network for the use of the railways on trans-European lines.
- Mobile telephones
The new Toledo high-speed access will be equipped with mobile telephone service along the length of its route, from the first day it is open to the public. This has been made possible thanks to the fact that at the same time the line was being constructed the necessary infrastructure for telephone companies was implanted, allowing them to install their transmission equipment. This method represents a significant decrease in environmental impact, since the different companies share the same infrastructures along the length of the route.
- Passenger information system:
Passenger information is controlled by means of the screens and data information panels in the stations.
- Restoration of the historic building
Declared a Property of Cultural Interest and classified as a monument, the Toledo station was designed by architect Narciso Clavería in the neo-Mudéjar style and inaugurated in 1919. Its refurbishment is one of the most singular aspects of the work undertaken for the development of the high-speed connection between Madrid and Toledo.
- New services
For its refurbishment the adaptation of the entire enclosure and each of its different parts to the needs and services required by a commercial station on a high-speed line was considered. Among other services, clients will have at their disposal an open-air, paved and lighted car park with an area of 7,500 square meters and space for 325 vehicles.
A spectacular 1,602 m. long viaduct over the Tagus River and the Valdecaba stream is the beginning of a second subsection (Mocejón - Toledo).
Another notable element is the pergola over the high-speed Madrid – Seville line, whose purpose is to open the way for the left track of the new Toledo access to reconnect with the right track, each of them continuing with their own roadbed.
It is also worth mentioning the 68-meter underpass beneath the A42 highway, on the outskirts of Toledo.