High-Speed Lines

Venta de Baños - Burgos - Vitoria / French Border Line


A way of making Europe

During the period 2007-2013 co-financing will be provided as follows.

  • By funds of the TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Network) for track-bed works on the Venta de Baños – Burgos section, and for studies and projects for the Venta de Baños – Burgos – Vitoria section, with funding of 40.3 million Euros.

 (Information at 30 December 2012)

European Investment Bank (EIB)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) collaborates in the funding of this project. 

Logo of the European Investment Bank (EIB).


Line map

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 prolongation of the Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid high-speed network to connect with the future Vitoria-Bilbao-San Sebastián/French Border high-speed line.


Steel reinforcements for construction of a viaduct

The line will have a double electrified track in international UIC gauge (1,435 mm) . It has been designed with a maximum speed of 350 km/h.

6% of the length of the new Valladolid to Vitoria route is to be constructed using special structures, and 9% with tunnels.

The actions to be undertaken include the especially complex Venta de Baños Junction, the new station and the Burgos branch section – already in service -, the complicated route through the Pancorbo Gorge and urban integration in Miranda de Ebro and Vitoria. 

Venta de Baños Station

The current building has high architectural and historical value for this city, which has always had such strong ties with the railway, and it will retain this value after refurbishment is completed.

The project involves adapting the station to the arrival of high speed. It includes remodelling the main hall and work on the platforms.

Venta de Baños Junction

Venta de Baños will be the location of the triangular rail junction that will connect the Valladolid – Palencia – León – Asturias line with the Venta de Baños – Burgos – Vitoria – French Border line, facilitating all possible direct movements between the cities of Valladolid, Palencia and Burgos. 

This junction includes two of the longest viaducts on the line - 1,300 and 1,120 metres –, which cross the Pisuerga River and other already existing infrastructures.

Burgos Branch Line

Burgos Rosa de Lima Station

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, they 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 five tracks and 3 platforms has been constructed in the new station. In future, 2 of the tracks will be left in Iberian gauge, 3 will be adapted to UIC gauge, and the addition another in this gauge will give a total of 6 tracks.

Miranda de Ebro station

The station and its shunting yard will be remodelled for the arrival of high speed..

Miranda de Ebro Station


  • Venta de Baños
  • Burgos Rosa de Lima
  • Miranda de Ebro
  • Vitoria


  • Length of Venta de Baños - Vitoria: 200.4 km
  • Length of Venta de Baños - Burgos section: 91.3 km
  • Length of Burgos – Vitoria section: 109.1 km
  • Route designed for maximum speeds of 350 km/h
  • Line suitable for mixed passenger and freight traffic
  • Signalling systems:
    ERTMS and ASFA
  • Mobile communications system: GSMR
  • 2 x 25 kV/AC electric line


Adif and the Ministry of Public Works support sustainable and environmentally respectful development, respecting protected natural spaces during the design, construction and operation of the rail infrastructure.

Adif complies with the requirements of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), ensuring that all construction and infrastructure work is successfully integrated into the surrounding area and that all applicable environmental measures are implemented as effectively as possible.

All the measures are aimed at limiting the effects of constructing the new line, with scrupulous respect for the ecosystem of the areas through which the line passes, limiting its visual, noise and landscape impacts.