Madrid–Levante high-speed rail network
The Madrid–Levante high-speed network is a network of high-speed rail lines that connects Madrid with the Mediterranean coast of the Levante Region, specifically with Castilla-La Mancha, the Valencian Community and the Murcia Region autonomous communities.
|Madrid–Levante high-speed rail network|
|Locale||Spain (Community of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha,|
|Termini||Madrid Puerta de Atocha|
|Rolling stock||100, 112, and 130|
|Ridership||5.4 million (2018)|
|Opened||18 December 2010 (Madrid-Albacete-Valencia)|
17 June 2013 (Albacete-Alicante)
1 February 2021 (Villena-Elche-Orihuela)
|Line length||603 km (375 mi)|
|Number of tracks||Double track|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||25 kV 50 Hz AC from overhead catenary|
When fully operational the Madrid–Levante network will total 955 km of high-speed rail capable of top speeds of 350 km/h in the majority of its segments.
Madrid–Cuenca–Motilla del Palancar–ValenciaEdit
The first 28 km of this 391 km line are shared with the existing Madrid–Seville high-speed rail line. The section onwards to Valencia was inaugurated on 15 December 2010 and entered service on 19 December 2010.
Thirty trains run every day, fifteen in each direction. 22 are non-stop services and eight call at intermediate stations.
Non-stop trains between Madrid and Valencia cover the 391 km (243 mi) in 1 hour and 40 minutes, saving two hours on the previous service of Alaris trains on the classic line.
The line is built to international gauge (1435mm), and electric powered at 25 kV AC, with signalling ERTMS levels 1 and 2.
This segment was inaugurated on 22 January 2018 and is a part of the Mediterranean Corridor. With this extension to Castellón a new AVE service Madrid-Castellón was introduced which cut the journey time between the two cities by further 30 minutes to total 2 hours and 25 minutes.
Segment under construction. Planned for mixed use (goods and passengers).
Xàtiva–Nudo de La EncinaEdit
This 41.2 km segment is in service with a maximum speed of 220 km/h.
Motilla del Palancar–AlbaceteEdit
A 62.8 km segment between Cuenca and Albacete provinces. This section was inaugurated on 15 December and open to the public on 19 December 2010.
Albacete–Nudo de La Encina–Monforte del Cid–AlicanteEdit
The 171.5 km section from Albacete to Alicante opened in June 2013.
Monforte del Cid–Elche–Murcia–CartagenaEdit
The segment between the municipality of Monforte del Cid in Alicante and Murcia has a length of 61,7 kilometers, of which 46,2 are located in the province of Alicante and the remaining 15,5 in Murcia. It is a new segment of double track in standard gauge, suitable for speeds up to 350 km/h. The 8,9 km long access section towards the new segment to Murcia had been in service since 2008, and was only used for Iberian gauge trains until the 1st February 2021, when the section linking Monforte del Cid, Elche and Orihuela - 48.4 km in total length - was inaugurated. This section is fitted with three track rails, two of standard gauge and one of Iberian gauge.
The main purpose of this line is to connect the Transversal Rail Line to the Madrid-Levante and Mediterranean Corridor rail lines. This segment is 184.3 km (108.1 km in Almería Province and 76.2 in Murcia Region).
Madrid Atocha (Spanish: Estación de Madrid Atocha, also named Madrid Puerta de Atocha) is the largest railway station in Madrid. Atocha also hosts commuter trains (Cercanías), intercity and regional trains from the south, and AVE high-speed trains to Barcelona (Catalonia) and Seville (Andalusia).
These services are run by the national rail company, Renfe. The station is in the Atocha neighbourhood of the Arganzuela district.
The Cuenca–Fernando Zóbel railway station is a new station, and is 5 km from the city centre. It is named after painter Fernando Zóbel to commemorate his links to the city. The station occupies 3.950 m2 with 8.900 m2 of parking space.
Valencia Central StationEdit
Located 6.5 km from Villena town centre.
Current terminus of the Alicante branch at the existing Alicante railway station.
It is yet unclear whether the current Cartagena railway station, located next to the old town, will be the final station for high speed services or a new station will be built on the outskirts of the city. Construction of the high speed railway between Murcia and Cartagena is scheduled to begin in 2018, and be complete by 2022.
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