Adif plans to start the works that will bring high-speed trains to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport in the first quarter of 2023, according to sources from the railway operator.
Juan Antonio Hermoso, General Director of Planning and Evaluation of the Railway Network of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, referred to this issue during a visit to the new Chamartín concourse, which will start operating when the works start on the main concourse on February 4th.
Hermoso has differentiated between two stages for the arrival of the AVE to the capital’s aerodrome, one more immediate and the other more long-term. The first will allow “more limited services” and the second will include “more capacity”.
The first of these is the one that was put out to tender last August and is now expected to be awarded and work to start before April. This involves using “to a large extent” the current tunnel leading to the airport. Adif has indicated that it will be carried out by means of a “third lane”.
The second phase is at the project level by the railway operator and the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda is carrying out an informative study “with a view to the final configuration”. They are confident that it will go out for public information “in the coming months” or throughout 2023.