Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE)
668 million €
2015 - 2020
This project is included in a larger Railway development strategy of the Chilean Railway Agency (EFE) to increase railway traffic for both passenger and freight, in particular across the Metropolitan area of Santiago.
The Santiago-Batuco connection is a new commuter line with a global length of 27km between the existing Quinta Normal Station and Batuco. The line will be provided with 3 main tracks: two for passenger trains and one freight-dedicated (not electrified).
The project includes: 7 new stations (including the underground Quinta Normal station to be integrated within the existing metro station); a 1.5km-long tunnel; one emergency and ventilation shaft for the tunnel; 5 new underpasses to eliminate all the existing at grade level crossings; 53 new bridges with different spans and lengths; several pedestrian overbridges, track works, and utilities diversions.
A new depot and maintenance facility have been conceived for rolling stock and track maintenance.
The design also includes the definition of all systems and equipment as follows: traction substations and overhead catenary, signalling system, CTC and communication systems as well as MEP design for tunnel, underpasses, stations and facilities.
Several train-simulations have been performed during the design stages to determine the rolling stock requirements to meet the expected minimum headway of 6 minutes during pick hours.
Two line extensions have been defined at Conceptual Design level: the first one is a 22km-long, new double-line extension running between Batuco to Til Til in the north; the second one connects Las Industrias and Chicureo (a populated suburb in the eastern part of Santiago) for a length of 35km.
A comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment has been developed, integrated by social and resettlement studies, including stakeholder and community involvement process.
The services provided include Basic and Detailed Engineering Design for the Santiago - Batuco railway line, Concept Design for the Valle Grande - Chicureo connection and Batuco - Til Til line extension and the associated Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies.
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