Although the plans to build Chamartin were designed in 1933, it wasn’t until 1967 that the railway station was inaugurated. Between 1970 and 1975, the terminal was renovated and enlarged, becoming the biggest train station in Spain. During the late eighties, Atocha railway station underwent a complete renovation for the arrival of the AVE (Spain’s high-speed trains) and was closed for six years, hence transforming Chamartin into Madrid’s main railway station. In 1992, Atocha was reopened and Chamartin took a back seat.
There is currently an urban renewal project to transform the north of Madrid, including Chamartin railway station, which will be converted into a financial and transport hub.