Today, Spain is a world leader in the design, civil works, signalling, safe and efficient management of rail traffic, the supply of rolling stock, operation and maintenance. Ineco achieved this by specialising in the railway sector in its almost 50 years of history. An activity that continues to be the largest and which, in 2017, increased slightly compared to the previous year.
Last year marked 25 years since the inauguration of the first high-speed line in our country (one of the first in the world): Madrid-Seville, 471 km in less than 3 hours. Ineco, as reference engineering company in the development of the entire network since the very beginning, joined the celebration of this important milestone that placed Spain at the forefront of world railway technology.
In Spain, Ineco continues to provide services for both the high-speed network and the conventional network throughout the infrastructure life cycle: planning studies, projects, technical assistance for works, commissioning, support in maintenance and operation; also covering all techniques, including: infrastructure, track, energy, signalling and communications.
With regard to the drafting of projects for Adif, it is worth mentioning the work carried out for the implementation of the standard gauge in several sections of the Mediterranean Corridor, that performed for the Cantabrian-Mediterranean Corridor at the stations of Ourense, Sants (Barcelona) and Chamartín (Madrid), and for the new access channel for the integration of high speed in Valencia. Projects for Systems have also been drafted for the Madrid – Extremadura and Madrid – Galicia high-speed lines, as well as for the underground network between Madrid and Barcelona and for the analysis of tunnel operating conditions of more than 1,000 metres of track in the conventional network. Also worthy of mention is the drafting of the security installations project for Chamartín station in Madrid.
Preparation of the master plans for the different Commuter hubs is also part of the important projects developed for Adif, a major client with which Ineco also collaborates in construction management in both the high-speed and conventional networks. It also participates as technical assistant for the quantitative and qualitative control of same.
In this regard, in terms of systems, work continued on fixed telecommunication, protection and security and GSM-R system, with a view to the implementation and commissioning of ERTMS in train protection systems, centralised traffic control and auxiliary detection systems. Ineco was also responsible for track assembly and change of gauge in different sections of high-speed lines.
Of special relevance is the support provided for the implementation of the standard gauge in the current conventional network, more specifically in the Mediterranean Corridor and in the section Astigarraga – Irún to link San Sebastián with the French border in international gauge.
In the field of maintenance, which is fundamental to guarantee the operation and safety of railroad traffic, the company continued providing technical assistance for all high-speed lines. This also includes high performance lines of the conventional network and the variable gauge changeover facilities in the 16 installations in service throughout the network allowing the compatibility of the two gauges in the network.
In terms of operation and commissioning, Ineco continued to collaborate in risk analysis and ISA (Independent Security Assessments), coordination of operational risk management and application of the common safety method in Adif’s activities.
Work was done for Renfe on the improvement of network stations, more specifically in the drafting of construction projects, project management and health and safety coordination, in the management and coordination of projects and in capacity building studies for travellers in the Madrid Commuter network. Work was also carried out on the implementation, development and maintenance of systems and rolling stock.
Collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works in the railway sector mainly includes the drafting of informative studies for new sections of the Spanish network, such as the Burgos-Vitoria and Seville-Huelva high-speed lines, the new Marbella and Estepona railway access, the new railway network in the Basque Country, the tunnelling of railway in Torrelavega, the high-speed rail access to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport and the new south railway access to the port of Barcelona. Also of interest are other studies and projects such as support for the development of convergence studies to ensure the interoperability of cross-border traffic on the Zaragoza-Canfranc-Pau line or the functional study of railway integration in Vitoria.
Ineco also provided support for the Spanish Railway Safety Agency (AESF) in various works related to the Agency’s competences in terms of railway safety and interoperability, as well as those related to the issuance of risk analysis reports, identification of essential requirements and normative development for tramway operation of certain sections of the General Interest Railway Network (RFIG).
Outside Spain, it is also important to mention Ineco’s involvement in the British high-speed project, HS2, since phase 1 of the contract that began in 2012 and that allowed the company to establish itself in the United Kingdom was completed in 2017. Subsequently, in the same year, Ineco, together with Aecom and Capita, was awarded the contract for the civil design and environmental services of lot 2 of phase 2b of the same line (linking London to Manchester and Leeds), which enables the company to continue work in the United Kingdom until 2022. Continuing with the work in Europe, the operational scenarios for the public company, Banedanmark (BDK), must be mentioned, as part of an ambitious renewal programme for railway signalling in Denmark. The project involves the drafting of operational test specifications for the commissioning of the ERTMS subsystem.
The high-speed line between Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia was another of the relevant projects in which Ineco continued to be involved in 2017. The company provided design, technical assistance and quality assurance, rail traffic control and project management, which achieved an overall progress of 83%.
In Turkey, Ineco participated in one of the most important railway projects in the country. It is the adaptation of the Ankara-Istanbul line, where it continued with consulting, supervision and control of the works of the Inönü-Köseköy section, the longest of the route under construction. Also relevant in the same region is the modernisation of the line between Samsun and Kalin in which Ineco is involved in supervising the signalling, communications and power supply, as well as the coordination of the electromechanical equipment team. In addition, the consortium of international companies, including Ineco, completed the project on advice on the Turkish rail market and its regulation in 2017.
In South America, activity was focused on monitoring services for the testing and commissioning of rolling stock. In this area, Ineco was responsible for work on line 2 and the extension of line 1 of the Panama metro, as well as the rehabilitation of trains for the subway of Santiago de Chile, supervision of the manufacture of trains for the first metro line in Quito and supervision of the acquisition of rolling stock for the Medellín metro, as well as for line 13 CPTM in São Paulo, Brazil. This same continent also includes projects for the Bi-Oceanic Railway (first railway project in Peru) and assistance for the Ministry of Transport of Uruguay in the preparation of the concession of the country’s Central Railway. In the city of Rosario, the company developed the LRT (Light Rail Train) project, which meant a return to the railway projects in Argentina where the company has been present almost from the very start.
In Mexico, work on the expansion of Mexico City’s metro line 12 is particularly relevant, consolidating Ineco’s experience in projects in this mode of transportation and placing it in a strong position in the numerous projects that will be developed in the coming years in the region.
In Africa, Ineco was responsible for the technical and financial feasibility study for the construction of the Cairo-Luxor high-speed line in Egypt, where over 1,000 kilometres of network was analysed.
Finally, Ineco maintained its presence in Asia due to the continuation of projects in India such as feasibility studies for the New Delhi-Calcutta and Mumbai-Calcutta high-speed lines, as well as the award of the first contract for the development of the suburban railway network in the Delhi metropolitan area.