• Transport infrastructures

Ferrocarril Central: All aboard the train to the future

The Ferrocarril Central de Uruguay railroad network is renewing the section that links the interior of the country to Montevideo port.

Ferrocarril Central



The Ferrocarril Central de Uruguay recently began the dynamic traffic testing phase and is very close to reaching its conclusion.

We take a closer look at this infrastructure through the perspective of David Allende, head of the Technical Office of the consortium Grupo Vía Central (GVC), who details in the video some of the most notable aspects of the Central Railroad. 

The Ferrocarril Central de Uruguay renovates the route that connects the country's interior with the port of Montevideo along a total of 273 km of railway (including branches). The new infrastructure will have a positive impact on the growth of agricultural, forestry, and industrial production in Uruguay.

The Ferrocarril Central railroad will define a new era in Uruguay’s rail transport. This project, promoted by the Ministry of Transport and Civil Engineering, will repair and renew 273 km of railroad that links the city of Paso de los Toros with Montevideo port. 

The project represents an evolution in freight and passenger transport in Uruguay, which will be faster, safer, and more economical. 

The Grupo Via Central (GVC) consortium, led by Sacyr, also involving Uruguayan firms Saceem and Berkes, and the French firm NGE, is responsible for financing, designing, building over the course of 3 years, repairing and maintaining the railroad for a period of 18 years.

The railroad engineering works are creating around 3.100 jobs (direct and indirect) and impacts more than 2,800 people linked to commerce and services. Furthermore, the new infrastructure will have a positive impact on the growth of farming, forestry, and industrial production.




Construction period 



Budget for the project .



Weight of the rails for the new section of track.   

We adapted the unique bridge over the Santa Lucia River 

The execution of this project includes the adaptation of the railway bridge over the Santa Lucia River. This is a unique infrastructure due to its 600 meters in length of extension and for the steel of which it is built since it requires a series of characteristics to acquire a special color.

The adaptation of this bridge includes the installation of five 53-meter spans; three 26-meter spans and 17 15-meter spans, totaling nearly 600 meters.

In total, the assembly and installation work require the transfer of 1,585 tons of metal structure, which entails more than 65,000 working hours and the involvement of 72 professionals.

Currently, 97% of the existing rail bridges are complete.


  • Concessions
  • Railway infrastructures
  • Uruguay

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