Adif High Speed (Adif AV) continues to promote all previous operations for the arrival of the high speed train to Murcia, scheduled for this year, according to sources of this entity in a press release.
Last night, and as a continuation of the testing phase started last June with the BT laboratory train, a new phase of technical validations began, using the ‘Séneca’ laboratory train, at different points along the High Speed Line route that will connect Madrid with Beniel and from there to the entrance of Murcia del Carmen station.
The first run was carried out tonight between Beniel and the vicinity of the station and consisted of track and catenary geometry and dynamics tests on the 15.5 kilometres of the new route, which were carried out without any incidents.
Throughout the different phases of the reconnaissance period, catenary and track auscultation checks are carried out along the new route, with the aim of verifying its geometric conditions and the correct behaviour of all the elements and systems of the new infrastructure, which belongs to the Mediterranean Corridor and the connection of the Region of Murcia with Madrid.
A LABORATORY TRAIN WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT
The tests that began a few hours ago are carried out with the ‘Séneca’ laboratory train, which is equipped with state-of-the-art on-board computer systems and plays a key role in the commissioning processes of new high-speed lines.
By means of its checks and analyses, which are carried out on general and sidings tracks, the 400 kilometres of tests carried out to date with the BT train on the section between Beniel and Murcia are being extended.
The ‘Seneca’ train is suitable for running on standard gauge (1,435 mm), reaches a maximum speed of 330 km/h, and has electric traction. It also has two power heads that speed up movements in both directions, as well as instrumentation for dynamic track and catenary auscultation, track and catenary geometry, GSM-R and ERTMS.
Tests are also being carried out on the ERTMS signalling system, train-track integration and the quality of service of the GSM-R railway telecommunications system.
The Beniel-Murcia del Carmen section, once in operation, will enable the direct high-speed connection between Murcia and Madrid and to the high-speed network. Moreover, it is part of the Mediterranean Corridor and will make possible in the future the connection for passengers between Murcia, Lorca and Almería, as well as with the rest of the cities of the Mediterranean arc, Madrid, the north of the peninsula and other destinations.
The Monforte del Cid-Murcia section of the Mediterranean Corridor is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through the ‘P.O. Pluriregional de España 2014-2020. Thematic Objective 7: Sustainable Transport. A way of doing Europe’.