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Moncloa prepares a package of works for almost 1,000 million forty days from 23-J

Date: March 3, 2024 Time: 18:01:35

The Council of Ministers will give its referendum today to an important package of new railway infrastructures with which to carry out the Spanish railway network to a new level. The Government accelerates its plans in view of the imminent electoral call and the need to close some of the plans already committed to Brussels for the receipt of Recovery Funds, among which are works on the railway network valued at more than 926 million of euros.

The most outstanding of these works is the expansion of the Madrid – Puerta de Atocha station, carried out yesterday by the Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez. The works, which will go out to tender in the coming weeks, are budgeted at 497.4 million euros, a figure that would exceed 600 million if the corresponding VAT is considered. 500 million euros granted by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

This action, especially symbolic for forming the nucleus of the Spanish high-speed network, is completed with other improvements in Atocha already approved and awarded, such as the necessary change of location of two tracks for 48.6 million (59 with VAT, in phase bid evaluation); the improvement of the historic canopy and the accesses to the station (awarded to Dragados for 56.5 million) or the construction of a provisional car park during the works (budgeted at 20.4 million).

400 million to bury the tracks in Lorca

The undergrounding of the railway in Lorca (Murcia) will be the second major contract to receive government approval. This work, key to completing the Mediterranean Corridor, has a budget of 400 million euros and will facilitate the arrival of fast trains through a new underground station. Moncloa maintains its intention for high-speed rail to reach Almería in the year 2026.

These 400 million will be added to the 410 already paid for the controversial burying of Murcia, which led to years of neighborhood protests, and to the 196.7 million that urban integration in the city of Almería will cost, which the State and the Junta de Andalucía will suffer halfway. The budgeted amount to unite the 184 kilometers that separate Murcia and Almería increased to more than 1,300 million.

New Cercanías station in Parla

With many lower costs, the Council of Ministers would also give its approval to a works contract for the remodeling of different level crossings in the national railway network for 14 million euros; as well as the construction of a new Cercanías station in the Madrid town of Parla for almost 15 million.

Specifically, the Parla Norte station, which will serve this area of ​​the municipality, will be located between the Getafe Sector 3 and Parla stations, and was approved and presented by the Ministry of Transport at the beginning of the year. Initial plans set 2024 as its commissioning year. It will have a passenger building, a small car park and a connection to the local tramway that will allow the station located in the center of the municipality to vent, which receives more than 21,000 users every day.

All these actions received the approval of the Adif Board of Directors two weeks ago and will be put out to public bidding by the infrastructure manager in the coming weeks, waiting for the different construction companies to decide to pursue them.

This interest has already been endorsed in other large works already announced, such as the burials of Montcada i Reixac (621 million), L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (1,000 million) or Sant Feliu de Llobregat (121 million), all of them in Catalonia; or the new access channel to Valencia, valued at 443 million euros.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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