IN PREPARATION for the separation of operating and infrastructure functions under legislation passed last year (RG 12.03 p756), the Spanish National Railways board approved on January 27 the restructuring of its freight activities.

The Freight and Intermodal business units are being merged into a single Freight unit that will form part of the Operations Division, while a new unit responsible for freight terminals will be formed within the Infrastructure & Services Division.

The Traction business unit will become the Energy Services department of the Infrastructure & Services Division. With effect from May 18, this will be merged with GIF to create railway infrastructure authority ADIF, with train operations grouped as Renfe Operadora.