SPAIN: Development Minister Ana Pastor announced at the opening of InnoTrans on September 23 that national operator RENFE would order 30 more high speed trains over the next four years. Orders for a further 10 gauge-convertible trainsets would also be placed, she said.

Pastor assured the Spanish railway supply industry of her government’s support, not just in terms of her presence at the InnoTrans event, but also in building and commissioning new railways. ‘It is part of the effort we are making so that RENFE has the ability to offer better, safe and shorter journeys for our citizens’, she continued.

She noted that Spain has the world’s second-longest high speed network, adding that ‘we are working towards offering a rail service of really high quality by 2018’.