SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded a consortium of Alstom and Isolux Corsán a €28m contract to design, supply and maintain 25 kV electrification including the traction substation and overhead line equipment for the 44·3 km route under construction between La Robla and Pola de Lena.

The new line includes the 25 km Pajares base tunnel. It will cut the distance by rail between León and Oviedo by 33 km and enable the maximum speed to be raised to 300 km/h from the current average of 60 km/h.