There are still a few years before passengers can enter the Sagrera station to catch the train, but the works are progressing at their own pace. Until now, Rodalies users had to exercise faith every time they read information about the progress of the works. In a few weeks, you will be able to see it with your own eyes. They will stop seeing the growth of the great structure as they skirt around it to walk through it from within.
After the Purísima bridge it is planned that the trains of the Maresme line release the new infrastructure. Specifically, the December 9 will be the historic day in which the first convoys will begin to pass –although without stopping– through the interior of the future great Barcelona station.
The nearly two kilometers of the route that run under cover are practically ready for that milestone. The operators of the railway infrastructure manager (Adif) are finishing installing the tracks on the slab, the catenary rigid under the roof and associated safety facilities. Only the last meters of connection with the railway line to one side, in the area of the Rambla Prim, and to the other, under the Bac de Roda bridge, where there is an unevenness of certain technical complexity that will force trains to circulate on a 3% slope.
The final auction will require the R1 to be cut off for four days. During this period, they will install the last section of pending track, less than 50 meters, and will make the connection works with the corresponding security checks, including a evacuation drill, requested by the State Railway Safety Agency (AESF), which had not been taken into account at first, as it advanced The vanguard last week.
This fact has led to delaying the initial plans for a month. Instead of executing the operation on the weekend of November 7, they will do so coinciding with the December bank holiday at the request of Renfe and the Generalitat. Neither the operator nor the administration that owns the service saw favorably the option of leaving 70,000 travelers without service on a working Monday and requested the delay until a time in the calendar that had several holidays. Until then, R1 will continue to circulate with a single track in that section, since one of the tracks has been eliminated since July precisely to facilitate the works in progress.
First, the Maresme line; then that of Granollers
Once the Maresme trains are circulating inside La Sagrera, the operation will be repeated with the Granollers line. “It is a committed work because the construction must be paced to minimize the rail impact since all the lines are still in service and the evolution must be adapted to this”, indicates Luis Ubalde, coordinator of the Sagrera works. Therefore, from Adif they do not mark a calendar yet.
When this next phase is executed, it will be when the coverage of the lower floor of the future station. The Rodalies trains will continue non-stop in La Sagrera but from that moment on they will circulate underground from the end of Barcelona from the Riera Blanca, before entering Sants, until the exit of La Sagrera, where they will have up to eight routes of circulation.
The high-speed zone will incorporate a multi-operator logistics space
The work of the station is so large that it has several open fronts beyond the Rodalies tracks. Above it, at street level, the lobby -Still in the drafting process together with the station architecture- and on the upper floor will be the space for the high speed. When the station is inaugurated, you will be able to take the Renfe AVE, but new operators will also have arrived, such as the French OuiGo, which will begin operating in Spain next year after the liberalization of the railway sector. Therefore, the project has been devised with a multi-operator logistics space in which the different companies will have their space to carry out maintenance and service preparation tasks.