Last 29th of September it took place the official opening of the new High Speed Line Valladolid-Venta de Baños–Palencia-León in an act presided over by the Head of Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy, and the Minister of Development, Ana Pastor.
This new section is 163 kilometers long and it is the extension of the HSL Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid Corridor; therefore, this will improve the railway connections towards Asturias, Cantabria and País Vasco and it will consolidate the Spanish railway network as the longest in Europe and the second one all over the world, with a length exceeding 3,000 kilometers.
The Minister of Development awarded the project for the electrification of the new line in Temporary Consortium (UTE) between Siemens and Telice in 2014, through ADIF Alta Velocidad (HS) Management Board. This UTE is also responsible for the electrification of the section Venta de Baños-Burgos, 72 kilometers long.
The project includes the installation of the overhead contact line in sections Valladolid-Venta de Baños–Palencia-León, the switch track heating, tunnel lighting and power connections from the catenary to technical buildings and communications huts.
Siemens and Telice were also contract awardees in the development of the project for executing the works and carrying out the maintenance of the electrical traction substations and their associated self-transformation centers, remote power control and high-voltage lines at 400 kilovolts of both sections.
For this installation, Siemens has used a track laying train with its own technology, able to mount 5 kilometers of catenary per day, which allows the electrification of 25000 AC volts, necessary for trains to reach a speed of 350 km/h.