ACS, through the Vías y Construcciones group, together with San José, Comsa and Azvi, has won the tender for the works to expand the Madrid Chamartín-Clara Campoamor station for 207 million euros. Specifically, the temporary union of these construction companies will be in charge of remodel and expand the station lobby and raise four tracks additional ones destined for high-speed trains, as agreed by the board of directors of Adif AV.
These are works prior to the integral remodeling that Adif has projected in the Chamartín station and in its urban environment with which to pretend create a hub of transport reference and whose contract, which is still in international competition, is valued at around 1,000 million euros.
Despite this, these preliminary works represent an important tender for the concessionaires and begin the redesign of the station, since their objective is to prepair infrastructures for the anticipated increase in traffic due to the launch of new high-speed sections, when Chamartín is connected with Atocha, and due to the recent liberalization of passenger transport by rail, which implies the entry into the market of new companies (and more trains), in addition to Renfe.
The term in which the construction companies must carry out the works is 60 months (five years), although during that time the station will remain operational, since according to sources from the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, “the actions will be coordinated in such a way a way that rail traffic is maintained and the attention paid to passengers ”. These expansion works will be financed by Next Generation funds designed by the European Union.
Four new ways
High-speed trains will be one of the biggest claims to convert Chamartín in a reference nucleus for transport. With the expansion works, the station will have a total of 25 tracks (four more, with their corresponding platforms), of which 12 will be dedicated to high speed.
For its part, the lobby will be expanded to connect with the new tracks and platforms and will also be completely remodeled. Thus, the passenger building will be divided into three zones: one to board the high speed trains, another for Nearby trains which will be accessed through winches, and a great hall common in the form of a longitudinal corridor, which will be the nerve center of the station. At 18 meters wide, it will be the main route of movement for travelers and users. In addition, it will have commercial premises on one side and with the different boarding and waiting areas, on the other.
The contract tIt also contemplates the construction of an underground road that connects with the Cercanías lobby and with the Madrid metro and a technical building for high-speed facilities. This tender is in addition to other contracts to adapt tracks 14 and 15 of the station to the standard gauge in order to prepare them to accommodate a greater number of trains.
The Madrid Chamartín-Clara Campoamor station provides commuter services and conventional and high-speed medium- and long-distance services. The station connects the capital with the north and northwest of the country, while the Puerta de Atocha station connects the southern and eastern corridors. However, the tunnel that connects both stations is expected to create a high-speed network so that the southern and Mediterranean corridors can park in Chamartín and continue to the north and northwest.
Investment of 25,000 million. The remodeling of the Chamartín station is part of the Madrid Nuevo Norte project, the largest urban development operation in Europe. The works planned for this project are accompanied by a private investment figure in urbanization and infrastructures that will exceed 5,000 million and a total investment of 25,197 million. In infrastructure, in addition to the reform of the Chamartín station, the construction of a transport interchange, three new metro stops and an additional Cercanías station in the Fuencarral district is planned. In this development, the main land owner is the company Distrito Castellana Norte, owned by BBVA (75.54%), Merlin (14.46%) and San José (10%). DCN has an option to purchase these lands, still owned by Adif at 49.4%, for which it will pay more than 1,200 million.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.