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  • RENFE stopped accepting cash payments for tickets at booking offices with effect from March 27, citing hygiene reasons.

    RENFE ticket offices go cashless


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE stopped accepting cash payments for tickets at booking offices with effect from March 27, citing hygiene reasons. The measure will last as long as the duration of coronavirus lockdown, now prolonged at least until mid-April. Credit and debit cards are now the ...

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    RENFE seeks metre-gauge DMUs to cover rolling stock shortage


    SPAIN: Following a spate of air-conditioning failures which left it without any serviceable DMUs for a period during summer 2019, national narrow gauge operator RENFE Ancho Metrico — formerly FEVE — is seeking second-hand vehicles ahead of the busy summer period. Photo: Mike Bent One of ...

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    Cádiz tram-train testing underway


    SPAIN: Following authorisation by notified body CETREN on March 13, test running is set to begin this month along the full 24 km length of the tram-train route between Chiclana de la Frontera and Cádiz. Initially planned to open in 2017, the tram-train project covers construction ...

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    Vitoria-Gasteiz tram extension plans released for public consultation


    SPAIN: Details of the proposed 6 km tram extension connecting central Vitoria-Gasteiz to the district of Zabalgana were released for public consultation on March 9. The €120m project includes the acquisition of 14 trams and several ticketing machines for €61m, as well as the construction of ...

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    Narrow gauge line resignalling contract awarded


    SPAIN: ADIF has awarded CAF Signalling a €19·8m, 23-month contract to replace the life-expired telephone-based block signalling system at the western end of the metre-gauge Ferrocarril de La Robla route between Bilbao and León. The contract covers the section between the current temporary terminus at León ...

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    Spanish infrastructure managers fined for inflated access charges


    SPAIN: Competition regulator CNMC has fined infrastructure managers ADIF and ADIF Alta Velocidad for imposing excessive access charges. However, under current railway legislation, the maximum fine is just €6 300, which CNMC believes is too low to enable it to perform its duties as a regulator. ...

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    Madrid invests €35m in electric bus fleet


    The latest version of the Tecnobús Gulliver SPAIN: Madrid’s municipal transport company EMT has put out a €35m tender for the purchase of 50 electric buses. The winning bidder must deliver all vehicles between September 1 and December 18 of this year. Describing the ...

  • ADIF has commissioned Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas to study the effects of passenger and freight trains passing on mixed-traffic sections of the 1 435 mm gauge high speed network.

    Effects of operating freight trains on high speed lines to be studied


    SPAIN: ADIF has commissioned Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas to study the effects of passenger and freight trains passing on mixed-traffic sections of the 1 435 mm gauge high speed network. The 16-month project will include field tests to observe and analyse the aerodynamic forces exerted when ...

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    Madrid Line 4 modernisation reaches halfway point


    SPAIN: Metro de Madrid’s €47m modernisation of Line 4 is more than 50% complete and the small-profile line is expected to reopen by the middle of next month. The upgrading work will see legacy signalling renewed in the tunnels and the installation of rigid catenary, allowing ...

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    Vitoria-Gasteiz tram network extended


    SPAIN: A 1·4 km southern extension of the Vitoria-Gasteiz tram network opened on February 15. The metre gauge extension runs from Angulema stop to Unibertsitatea Universidad via the stations of Florida and Hegoalde. The section between Hegoalde and Unibertsitatea Universidad is single track. A 2·5 ...

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    High speed line signalling contract renewed


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded Thales a €68·8m contract to continue to undertake preventive and corrective maintenance of signalling and traffic control systems on the Madrid – Sevilla and Córdoba – Málaga high speed lines for a further 48 months. Thales now has similar contracts ...

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    EU co-financing for Galician high speed line


    SPAIN: The European Commission is to provide a €226m grant to support the €2·1bn cost for constructing 48·5 km of the 83·3 km Lubián – Taboadela section of the high speed line running north west from Olmedo to Zamora and Ourense. The route traverses a remote ...

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    Barcelona – Valencia trains accelerated as Vandellòs cut-off opens


    SPAIN: Commercial services began using a 46·5 km cut-off between Camp de Tarragona and Vandellòs on January 13, when ADIF completed a further section of upgrading on the Barcelona – Valencia Mediterranean Corridor.

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    ADIF orders three more infrastructure monitoring trains


    SPAIN: National infrastructure manager ADIF has selected Stadler and MerMec for a €74·5m contract to supply and commission three infrastructure monitoring trains and to undertake their maintenance for a period of five years.

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    Tenders called to rebuild San Sebastián station


    SPAIN: Tenders were issued on December 12 for reconstruction of the main line station in San Sebastián as part of the ‘Basque Y’ high speed programme. The result will be the partial integration of the existing station with the adjacent, underground, bus station, and the incorporation in the finished ...