THE SPANISH cabinet has given its approval for tenders to be called for the construction of a station on the new alignment avoiding the centre of Burgos on the Madrid - Hendaye main line.

A budget of €18·58m has been set for the work, expected to take 18 months to complete. Of this €8·7m is being provided by the Ministry of Development, €8·03m by the city of Burgos and €1·84m by the Castilla y León regional government.

Agrupación Guinovart Obras y Servicios Hispania SA has been awarded a €29·35m contract to lay a total of 20·8 km of track on the new alignment, including four single-track connections to the Madrid - Burgos main line, the Villalonquéjar industrial zone and the freight terminal at Villafría. Designed to accommodate three tracks, the new alignment is to be laid with two 1668mm gauge tracks, one of which is to be converted to 1435mm gauge.

Electrification of the route is to be undertaken by Electrificaciones y Montajes Guinovart SA under a 17-month contract worth €9·9m. It includes the construction of a traction substation close to the new station. Alcatel España SA has been awarded a €12·4m contract to install signalling and telecommunications equipment, including two electronic interlockings and jointless track circuits.