The new AVE Madrid - Burgos line is equipped with ERTMS/ETCS technology supplied by Alstom

Karel Novak, Published on 25/07/2022
The new AVE Madrid - Burgos line is equipped with ERTMS/ETCS technology supplied by Alstom
@Adif: The Madrid - Burgos high-speed line was officially inaugurated on 21 July

This signalling project is part of the contract awarded in 2015 to a consortium led by Alstom to build and maintain, for over 20 years, the latest-generation signalling and telecommunications systems on the Valladolid-León and Venta de Baños-Burgos high-speed line.


The Madrid - Burgos high-speed line was officially inaugurated on 21 July. This section extends the Spanish high-speed network by 87.25 km and represents the extension of the high-speed North line (LAV), contributing to the social and economic structuring of the territories it crosses. The inaugural journey was presided over by His Majesty King Felipe VI.

Thanks to the ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 technology, the Madrid-Burgos line will increase its safety and train speed, with the consequent reduction of travel times and an increase in the network capacity and regularity.

The contract includes the project design, procurement, installation, commissioning, and 20-years-maintenance of the signaling, fixed telecommunication, automatic train protection (ATP) systems, centralized traffic control (CTC), security equipment, GSM-R communications equipment, and infrastructure for trains and operators.

"This project is a further step in achieving a rail network that applies the latest advances in signaling for more efficient and sustainable mobility. Alstom's ERTMS/ETCS technology brings significant benefits in terms of interoperability, safety, system capacity, service reliability, and energy efficiency," explains Luciano Barbieri, MD Signalling & Infrastructure for Alstom in Spain.

The new line adds to the state-of-the-art signaling projects that Alstom has been developing in Spain over the last two decades, which include, among others, the commissioning of the first ATP on the Mediterranean Corridor, the first driverless system in Spain (People Mover for Madrid Airport) and the first mainline railway system operating with ERTMS Level 2 without Level 1 support in the Albacete-Alicante Corridor. In addition, Alstom teams in Spain teams installed more than 600 onboard signaling systems on different commuter and high-speed trains.

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