THE LAST stage of the planning process for the Madrid - Segovia high speed line was completed on May 19. The government published its formal approval of the final alignment, enabling civil works to begin on the first 76 km of the route from the capital to Valladolid and Medina del Campo. The Madrid - Segovia section is expected to cost Pts270bn to build.

Starting at Madrid Chamartín, the new line will run alongside the existing route to Burgos as far as Tres Cantos, then enter a 9 km tunnel before the twin 28 km bores taking the route under the Guadarrama mountains (RG 1.01 p58). The final section runs to the east of Segovia, which will be served by a new station located 2 km from the city centre.

High speed construction authority GIF has awarded three contracts for civil works north of Segovia, with Construcciones S