The third railway tunnel between Madrid-Atocha and Chamartín railway stations has opened, Minister of State for Transport David Vetese reported on his Facebook page. As he wrote, the first underground connection between the two stations was delivered in 1967, and the second in 2008. The purpose of the newly opened tunnel is to connect the high-speed rail networks of Southern and Northern Spain (AVE) in Madrid, so that flights can meet the needs Between the two ends of Spain without the need for transportation in Madrid, travelers can also choose where to get on or off in the capital.
Dávid Vitézy maintains that Spain’s traditional railways have a wide gauge, but when they started building the AVE network, they chose the European standard gauge. even if
We compare the situation in Madrid with the future railway tunnel planned between Budapest, Kellenfold and Nyugati railway station, in Hungary it is certainly easy to have no problem with the measurement of the track,
Thus, suburban and long-distance trains will be able to travel in the same two-track tunnel, and if the first high-speed line is built to the capitals of V4, as well as Vienna and Western Europe, the superexpresses traveling on will also be able to travel.
The key is Niugati Railway Station
The long-term key element of the Budapest Railway Cluster strategy is the Budapest Tunnel under the Danube starting from the Nyugati railway station, where an important intermediate station will be built according to plans at Széll Kálmán tér
– The Minister of Foreign Affairs confirmed.
The tunnel will pass 16 suburban trains and four long-distance trains in each direction and hour. The first will connect the settlements of Transdanubia and the pest conglomerate, while the latter will connect the regions of the country and off-limits with each other, with the capital and Ferihegy Airport – these will be the transit routes of high-speed trains to Budapest in the future.
If the high-speed rail from the West is built only in the first step, then trains from Vienna/Prague/Warsaw can cross the Nyugati railway station and travel to Liszt Ferenc Airport according to the completed feasibility study, and if it is high speed rail can continue in the direction of East, Debrecen and Transylvania, then towards Bucharest, can branch off from the core network at Ferenc Liszt International Airport. The foreign minister added that it is not realistic to deliver the tunnel before 2035, but planning for it is already in time enough to be completed by then, so they are working with the help of EU funds obtained through this tender.
Of course, Spain is bigger than Hungary, Madrid is bigger than Budapest, and the largest capacity is sold there too, and the Madrid tunnel is not expected to ease congestion on the capital’s rail network.
– Vitese confirmed, adding that the new tunnel is 7.3 kilometers long, extends under 8 meters at a depth of about 45 meters, and the new track is equipped with one level of ETCS and GSM-R.
The Spanish railway company, Renfe, runs its services via the tunnel that connects the northern cities (Oviedo, Gijón and Santander) with the Mediterranean cities of Alicante or Valencia.
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