Ferrovial, through its construction subsidiary Agroman, and Adif, Spain's rail network company, are joining their technical and technological capacities to research new materials for slab track, track bed auscultation and noise and vibration reduction systems in railway infrastructure. This agreement reaffirms Adif's commitment to pursue innovation with public and private sector bodies. Antonio González Marín, Chairman of Adif, and Alejandro de la Joya Ruiz de Velasco, CEO of Ferrovial Agroman, have signed a framework agreement to work together on activities relating to research, technological development and innovation at Adif's Rail Technology Centre (CTF) in Málaga. The goal of this agreement is to undertake joint projects to research new materials for building slab track, track bed sensors, and reducing noise and vibrations in railway infrastructure. To this end, Adif is providing Ferrovial Agroman workspace in the CTF and at the testing and experimentation facilities in Antequera. This project will benefit all of Andalusia and attract new companies to the region, laying foundations for economic, social and industrial development. This new infrastructure will mobilize investment of more than 400 million euro and make Spain a global leader in railway technology, strengthening the international competitiveness of an industry that a pillar of Spain's economy. Adif recently invested 7.8 million euro in the laboratory and workshop at the Bobadilla Testing and Experimentation Loop Line facility. Research lines The agreement runs until 31 December 2012, renewable automatically for two years, and covers the creation of a working group to develop R&D and innovation projects. Research will focus on:
- Development and use of new technologies and materials for the construction of slab track for regular and high-speed trains.
- Continuous track monitoring and use of sensors on bed and tracks.
- Systems to reduce noise and vibrations in railway infrastructure.