- Humanes-Monfragüe section is part of the conventional gauge line that runs from Madrid to Valencia de Alcántara. It is compatible with the High Speed line that will link the capital with Extremadura.
- Awarded in January 2016, the signalling works are completed with train protection and centralised traffic control (CTC) systems.
- These new systems represent an increase in the safety and reliability of the surrounding infrastructure, as well as the quality of service, in the nearly 230 km that separate the two stations.
- This increase in connectivity and comfort offers a great perspective in terms of sustainable travel.
After just over three years of works - they began in mid-2018, the adaptation of the signalling installations, train protection systems and centralised traffic control of the Humanes-Monfragüe section has been completed and handed over to Adif. These facilities represent an increase in the safety and reliability of infrastructure, as well as the quality of service, in the nearly 230 km that separate the two stations.
The section now completed is part of the conventional gauge line that connects Madrid with Valencia de Alcántara, and is compatible with the future High Speed line, in its first phase, the Plasencia-Badajoz section. These works respond to the interest of improving the railway connection between Madrid and Extremadura, providing better connectivity, comfort and a sustainable option of travel.
The action has involved the installation of new electronic interlockings, of which 6 are Thales technology (Griñon, Illescas, Villaluenga-Yuncler, Montearagón, Erustes and Villamiel), as well as the extension, adaptation and modification of two existing Thales technology interlockings (Humanes and Torrijos). With regards to signalling and train protection equipment, LED signals, safe train detection systems based on electronic axle counters, electric switch actuators and ASFA (Automatic Signal and Braking Announcement) systems have been included in the new stations.
It has also led to the entry into service of the Single Track Automatic Release Blocking System (BLAU) with Centralised Traffic Control (CTC), replacing the current telephone blocking system, in accordance with the Adif’s Telephone Blocking Suppression Plan, which means that the safety of traffic on the section is improved and that traffic management is carried out centrally from the Centralised Traffic Control Centres (CTC) of Chamartín (Madrid), Manzanares (Ciudad Real) and Santa Justa (Seville).