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Extension of the Atocha complex. Phase I
Atocha keeps on growing


36 million passengers per annum

1 arrivals terminal and

1 departures terminal

  • Extension of the Atocha complex. Phase I
  • Extension of the Atocha complex. Phase I
  • Extension of the Atocha complex. Phase I
  • Extension of the Atocha complex. Phase I
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Ineco has been in charge of handling the Project Management, control and monitoring of the expansion of Atocha station, a Spanish railway benchmark. 

Atocha is Spain's most important station. Around 16 million passengers per year use the several metro, commuter and high speed train services provided by the station with the longest history of all the country's railway network.

In 2009 Adif, Spain's railway infrastructure administrator, decided to implement an extension of the station's infrastructures to enhance management of high speed passenger traffic.

Ineco was awarded the Project Management and Control and Monitoring contracts for this station extension, a key project to enable Atocha to continue to be the benchmark for rail transport in the 21st century.

Data Sheet
Location: Spain
Client: Adif
Execution period: 2009-2010
Market: Architecture

Service versatility

Atocha is the centre of railway communications for Madrid and Spain. The Metro Line 1; overground commuter lines C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-7, C-9 and C-10; regional lines R-2, R-6, R-7, R-8 and R-10; long haul lines operating through four different services (Talgo, Alaris, Alvia and Altaria) and the high speed lines (AVE and Avant) all operate out of Atocha.

Implementing the airport model

Atocha station has been a benchmark in high speed railways from its very beginnings. For that reason the priority objective of the extension was to optimise and upgrade the infrastructure to manage a high speed line passenger flow of 36 million by 2025. This increase is possible thanks to the separation of the arrivals and departures halls.

Ineco's qualified experts have adapted the station to the airport model and in order to do so they designed a spacious elevated covered walkway and lifts to access the new Arrivals Terminal along a travelator.

The new Arrivals Terminal designed by Ineco enables access to the exterior and to the Renfe overland commuter train terminal by mechanical ramps as well as a lift which provides access to Madrid's other modes of urban transport.