Tendering will now be carried out by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Planning, through infrastructure manager Adif AV.

The contract has an estimated value of €70.2m and will cover the planning, implementation and maintenance of ETCS Level 2 signalling, GSM-R communications and Asfa automatic train protection systems on around 245km of line, as well as protection and security facilities at five stations.

The new contract will complement ongoing signalling work being carried out by a consortium of Bombardier, Alstom and Indra, under a contract awarded in September 2015. At the time of the original contract’s awarding, the line was envisioned as an un-electrified, single-track route, and the new contract will bring signalling infrastructure in line with the current plan for a double-track electrified line.

The work is part of the Madrid - Extremadura High Speed Line project, which is intended to create a 715km high-speed line to the Portuguese border as part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Atlantic Corridor.

This new tender follows other improvements carried out as part of the project, including track doubling and installation of 25kV ac electrification between Plasencia and Aljucén, the construction of the Mérida bypass and the remodelling of track schemes at Plasencia, Cáceres, Mérida, Aljucén and Badajoz stations.

The work will be partially funded through a grant from the European Union’s (EU) European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as part of its Multiregional OP for Spain 2014-20.

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