Ineco has drafted the preliminary studies and projects and managed the works for the comprehensive renovation of this 217-kilometre historic line that crosses the Cantabrian Mountains. Built 150 years ago, it is still a vital corridor both for freight –especially vehicles manufactured in Castilla y León– and for rail passengers. The duplication of sections of track between Santander and Torrelavega, which is expected to start in 2019, will complete improvements in speed, safety, passenger comfort and freight capacity.
Malaysia wants to modernise its railways to make them the main public transport option for its citizens. To do this, a consortium consisting of Ineco, Adif and two Malaysian companies has designed a new open-access model for railway transport in which ownership and management of the infrastructure are unbundled from operation, allowing new private operators to enter.
The installation of energy recovery units in traction substations on the conventional network enables surplus regenerative braking energy to be recovered and returned to the electrical grid, preventing dissipation in the form of heat in the braking resistors of the trains. Since 2010, Ineco has been developing a number of engineering projects for Adif to define and implement these units.
The Ministry of Public Works’ Innovation Plan represents a commitment to digitisation, energy efficiency and sustainability reflected in 70 specific initiatives that have undergone a period of public consultation. February 2018 will see the launch of a coordinated process to transform the Spanish transport system to provide a high degree of personalisation and efficiency spearheaded by new technologies.
The project to adapt the Astigarraga-Irún line to the international track gauge with the installation of a third rail involves complex adaptation of all aspects of the existing line. This is particularly the case with the Gaintxurizketa tunnel, where an innovative tunnel boring machine, specially designed to allow trains to pass through, is playing a key role in the works. For the works on this line, ADIF has commissioned a team of Ineco engineers and technicians to undertake the project, management and technical assistance.