The Council of Ministers will agree tomorrow on the expansion of the Atocha railway station, in the city of Madrid, for an amount close to 500 million euros, as confirmed by the Minister of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, in a forum held today in the capital.
The project, which includes the construction of a new underground halt with four tracks, will make it possible to expand the capacity of the current station and of the national rail network. It will also make it easier for the high-speed trains that today depart from Chamartín to Valencia, Alicante or Murcia to make a stop in Atocha again.
The expansion of the Atocha station was part of the projects included in the Government’s Recovery Plan and will be partially paid for with European funds. The planned budget amounted to 497 million euros without VAT. Once the executive ministers grant their referendum on public action tomorrow, Adif will launch the corresponding contest.
Five years of works
This new station is expected to be fully operational in 2028, taking into account that the project has an execution period of 61 months from the date the work is awarded. In order to execute it, the railway network manager will have to free up space at the station and will move two tracks to the reverse side of their current location. This process, budgeted at 59 million euros, will take a little over two years and will entail occupations in spaces of the railway compound and roads around it.
The new station they pass, for its part, will have four tracks and two platforms that will be located under Méndez Álvaro street. Once it is operational, it will make it possible to reconfigure the offer of high-speed trains throughout Spain, so that both the cross-sectional trains and those that a few months ago stopped reaching Atocha and moved to Chamartín can make a stop again, where, Until recently, it was considered the central station of the Spanish high-speed network.
This header change, which was carried out last summer, will affect trains to and from Valencia, Alicante, Murcia and Castellón. Once the announced remodeling is completed, all the trains that Renfe, Ouigo and Iryo operate today to three of these four destinations —and Murcia from next year— will be able to release passengers in Atocha again, although it will not be before 2028.
Once the work is fully completed, Madrid-Puerta de Atocha will have new accesses, interior roads or new pergolas in the area of roads, in addition to the actions that are being carried out abroad to remodel the historic canopy and improve its connectivity with the Carlos V roundabout.