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High Speed Rail (HSR)

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Since our involvement in Spain’s first High Speed Rail (HSR) line in 1987- the longest in Europe and second longest in the world - we have become an international leader in HSR design, construction and maintenance, with over 1,000km of HSR infrastructure developed. We have delivered more than 25% of key projects worldwide and maintain 41% of Spain’s network today.



ADIF, HS2, California
and Texas HSR


£4.2bn (multiple contracts)


Ongoing since 1987


Design & Build

We deliver complex, end-to-end, large-scale HSR projects covering all infrastructure disciplines:

  • Design - Leading the engineering and design (including construction costing) for 21km of the HSR line between Dallas and Houston.
  • Enabling works - High Speed 2 Phase 1 Enabling Works central section and Barcelona La Sagrera HSR station enabling works.
  • Surface route involving every typology, e.g. at-grade, embankments, cuttings, viaducts, over/ underbridges, culverts, ancillary works, associated highway works. Examples include using a launching gantry for one of two viaducts at Venta de Baños (1,100m with a maximum span of 55m over River Pisuerga).
  • Railway systems - Multi-disciplinary design, construction and fit-out of the 28km Guadarrama Tunnel (world’s fifth longest railway tunnel), which was delivered three months ahead of schedule. Also, 200km of high speed double-line track between Olmedo and Zamora.
  • Stations - Chamartin multi-modal interchange, serving 60,000 people per day and consisting of five levels, extending 45m below ground to support HSR from Madrid to Segovia and Valladolid.
  • Depots – Fuencarral Technical Treatment Centre and the Santa Catalina II workshop depot - two of the largest and best-equipped facilities in Madrid for first-level maintenance.

Our cross-discipline capabilities are underpinned by a deeply rooted culture of innovation - applying and sharing advanced technology and ideas across our projects.


  • Ferrovial Agroman Engineering Services (our in-house engineering design team), drives value through Early Contractor Engagement from the outset, bringing innovation and best practice into designs and achieving significant CAPEX and OPEX savings.
  • We have optimised our OSM techniques over the past 30 years of HSR experience, to identify efficient and cost-effective solutions. Our knowledge is captured in a strategy manual, outlining approaches such as: reusing launch nosings / integrating falsework / permanent works designs.


  • Partnership with Adif’s Rail Technology Centre, Málaga - Specialising in HSR cutting-edge technologies and leading a number of research programmes. R&D outputs contributed to Spain’s HSR network exceeding 99.5% operational availability since 2002.
  • ‘Rail of the Future’ - Aiming to reduce track maintenance costs and increase OPEX efficiency as part of a five-year joint venture between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), ADIF and Ferrovial
  • S-CODE project (‘Shift to Rail’ initiative) - Researching radical new design concepts for switches and crossings, with partners including Birmingham University and Network Rail.
  • Award-winning Barajas Rail Link delivery, featuring the first dual-gauge track system in Spain.


  • 30 years’ experience delivering over 1,000km of complex, multidisciplinary HSR schemes
  • 25% of Spain’s HSR delivered by Ferrovial
  • 41% of Spanish network maintained by Ferrovial
  • 35km design and construction for California HSR project
  • 100km Enabling Works Contract for HS2
  • 21km engineering and design works for the Texas HSR

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