SPAIN: The Ministry of Development has awarded contracts totalling €205m for a connection between the Valencia – Barcelona route and the Madrid – Barcelona high speed line, replacing single track through built-up areas between Vandellós and Tarragona.A joint venture of FCC Construcción, Copasa and Coalvi has been awarded a tracklaying contract worth €1298m. The route will be 1668 mm gauge as far as a gauge-changing facility near a new Tarragona Central station, with a 2·3 km spur to the existing Reus – Tarragona route. Electrification is to be undertaken by Cobra, Elecnor and SEMI for €548m. Four substations will be required for the 1668 mm gauge line electrified at 3 kV DC, while the standard gauge section has been designed for 25 kV. Azvi and Copisa will build a €204m station at Cambrils on a viaduct 126 m across, widening to 28 m in the station area to accommodate two platforms.