HRL Madrid –Valencia –Murcia is one of the key projects of the Spanish Government’s Strategic Plan to provide high speed rail connection (300 km/h) between Madrid and the country’s main towns and cities.

Main features of the Arcas del Villar – Fuentes section of HRL Madrid –Valencia –Murcia:

  • Section length: 12.42 km of double track
  • Design speed: 350 km/h
  • Maximum slope: 2.5%. Minimum radius: 7.250 m.
  • Track gauge: 1.435 m. Track formation width: 14 m.
  • 1 viaduct 320 m in length.
  • 1 tunnel 1,362 m in length (282 m of cut-and-cover tunnel) with a 173 m2 cross section.
  • 1 cut-and-cover tunnel of 335 m length, with a 100 m2cross section.
  • 3 overpasses and 5 underpasses.

The alignment proposed in the feasibility study ran across a karst endorheic valley. The route was modified during the design phase allowing for safety improvements.


ADIF (Spanish Railway Infrastructure Management Agency)

Project Dates


Project Figures

Project costs: 5,115,758 €
Construction value: 111,677,166 €