ADIF progressing with Mediterranean Corridor S&T upgrade

Spain’s infrastructure manager, ADIF, has awarded a €44 million contract to upgrade the signalling along a stretch of the country’s Mediterranean Corridor to a Bombardier/Thales consortium.

The contract, which is the second to be let by ADIF for the modernisation of the route, focuses on a section between Almussafes, Valencia and Castellón de la Plana.

Over the next three years, the Mediterranean Corridor is being upgraded to improve links to key Spanish freight facilities and access for international traffic.

Bombardier will implement its INTERFLO 200 system, installing EBI Lock 950 computer-based interlocking (CBI) technology to upgrade eight and install seven new systems as well as provide advanced EBI Track train detection, communications and hot box detector systems.

In October 2013, the Spanish government agreed to fund €200 million worth of rail upgrades, including new signalling along the Almussafes-Valencia-Castellón de la Plana section. Other projects include the installation of standard gauge track and electrification between Castelló and Vinerós, and trackwork and electrification between Vandellós and Vinerós.