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  • Iryo nears launch (6)
    News

    Globalvia takes stake in Iryo ahead of November launch

    2022-09-28T09:49:00Z

    SPAIN: Globalvia has formally completed its acquisition of a 24% stake in Iryo owner ILSA. The open access high speed operator expects to launch services between Madrid and Barcelona in late November.

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    Gauge-convertible articulated pocket wagon for Iberia

    2022-09-23T09:43:00Z

    INNOTRANS: Tatravagónka and Swiss company Ferriere Cattaneo have developed a six-axle TEN GE articulated pocket wagon for the transport of semi‑trailers, swap bodies and containers. The wagon is equipped with hooks for lifting the bogie frame in order to swap between 1 435 mm and Iberian ...

  • Dōcō images
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    RENFE begins launch of Dōcō Mobility-as-a-Service platform

    2022-09-08T13:18:00Z

    SPAIN: RENFE Operadora has begun the launch of its multimodal Mobility-as-a-Service platform which aims to offer planning booking and payment facilities covering all public transport and shared mobility services in Spain. The platform is branded Dōcō, an abbreviation of the phrase ‘ir donde quieras, ir como quieras’ ...

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    Freight: Rebuilding market share in Spain

    2022-09-07T11:00:00Z

    The Spanish government’s Mercancías 30 strategy aims to more than double the share of goods moved by rail to at least 10% by 2030. Mike Bent reports.

  • FGC Barcelona El Prat airport Alstom Coradia EMU impression (Image Alstom Advanced and Creative Design)
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    Barcelona airport trains ordered

    2022-09-02T14:50:00Z

    SPAIN: Catalan operator FGC has awarded Alstom a contract to supply and maintain 10 five-car Coradia Stream electric multiple-units for use on services between Barcelona city centre and El Prat Airport. The 120 km/h EMUs will feature large luggage spaces, wide corridors and a total capacity ...

  • El Berrón (Photo: Smiley.toerist, CC BY-SA 4.0)
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    Gijón to Pola de Laviana line closes for track renewals

    2022-08-31T05:00:00Z

    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF is to launch a €50m programme of track renewals on the metre gauge line between Gijón, El Berrón and Pola de Laviana. The existing track dates from when the line was converted from 1 445 mm to 1 000 mm gauge in 1983.

  • RENFE Ukrainian grain container train
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    Ukraine grain to Spain by container train

    2022-08-15T10:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Spanish transport ministry MITMA and freight operator RENFE Mercancías are to test the technical and economic viability of transporting Ukrainian grain to Barcelona by rail instead of shipping via the Black Sea routes which have been disrupted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. ...

  • Sagunt station (Photo: Joanbanjo/CC BY-SA 4.0)
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    Zaragoza – Sagunt train protection enhancement

    2022-08-10T08:00:00Z

    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded Enyse a 23-month contract worth €45∙7m to install ASFA digital automatic train protection on the 194 km line between Monreal del Campo, Teruel and Sagunt. This will be compatible with future 25 kV 50 Hz electrification. Electronic interlockings are to ...

  • Barcelona tram connection impression
    Metro Report International

    Barcelona tram link to get ground-level power supply

    2022-08-02T09:45:00Z

    SPAIN: Barcelona transport authority ATM has awarded Alstom a contract to supply its APS ground-level power supply for the first phase of the project to connect the city’s Trambaix and Trambesos tram networks. The currently separate networks are to be linked by building a 3∙9 km ...

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    Metro Report International

    Catalunya studies tram-train networks

    2022-07-29T11:00:00Z

    SPAIN: The government of Catalunya and railway operator Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya have called tenders to undertake studies for four tram-train networks which would have a combined length of around 280 km. The four planned schemes are: Terres de l’Ebre, a 41 km, two-line ...

  • Burgos – Venta de Baños high speed line
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    High speed line to Burgos opens

    2022-07-25T10:31:00Z

    SPAIN: Passenger services on a 75 km high speed line between Burgos and a junction with the Madrid – Valladolid – León line at Venta de Baños began on July 22, the day after a formal inauguration by King Felipe VI. It is planned that this will eventually form part of a high speed corridor to the French border.

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    Metro Report International

    Sevilla tram order

    2022-07-25T09:11:00Z

    SPAIN: Sevilla city council has awarded CAF a contract to supply a further two vehicles for use on the Metrocentro de Sevilla tram line. The €33m contract awarded on July 21 includes 30 years of maintenance, and options for three more vehicles. The five-section 100% low-floor ...

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    Extremadura high speed line inaugurated

    2022-07-21T08:05:00Z

    SPAIN: Passenger services began using an upgraded 193 km mixed-traffic route between Plasencia and Badajoz in Extremadura on July 19, following the inauguration of three sections of new alignment totalling 146 km by King Felipe VI the previous day.

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    Southern rail access to Barcelona port goes ahead

    2022-07-20T11:00:00Z

    SPAIN: The Barcelona Port Authority board has given the go-ahead for the second phase of a project to provide a southern rail access to the port. Tenders are to be called for a 24-month construction contract budgeted at €31·2m. There are six elements to the project, ...

  • RENFE EMU (Photo: Marc Pascual/Pixabay)
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    Mixed response to Spanish free rail travel proposals

    2022-07-19T10:22:00Z

    SPAIN: Measures to encourage regular commuters to shift from car to rail including free season tickets were outlined by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez during the government’s State of the Nation debate in mid-July, however the limitations of the offer have led to confusion among policymakers and campaign groups.

  • Madrid tunnel (Photo: Miguel Angel Laserna)
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    Madrid tunnel unites Spain’s standard gauge high speed networks

    2022-07-07T05:00:00Z

    SPAIN: A cross-city tunnel between Madrid Atocha and Chamartín with two 1 435 mm gauge tracks opened on July 1, integrating the standard gauge lines to the north and south of the capital. Through trains no longer need to use gauge-changers at Atocha and Chamartín, reducing ...

  • GTS Rail Bombardier Traxx
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    GTS Rail targets Iberia

    2022-06-15T05:12:00Z

    ITALY: GTS Rail has announced a €74m order for Alstom to supply 20 Traxx DC3 locomotives, which will take its fleet to 48 locos, and has said it is looking to enter the Spanish and Portuguese freight markets. GTS Iberia has been established to develop new ...

  • Talgo hydrogen test train
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    Talgo tests prototype hydrogen train

    2022-06-09T05:00:00Z

    SPAIN: Talgo has begun dynamic testing of a prototype hydrogen train at its Las Matas factory near Madrid. In a second phase of the dynamic testing, Talgo and renewable hydrogen supplier Repsol will validate the technology on the main line rail network around Madrid and in ...

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    Metro Report International

    Madrid Line 11 construction contract awarded

    2022-06-07T04:28:00Z

    SPAIN: Metro de Madrid has selected a consortium of ACS, Acciona and Rover as prefrerred bidder for a €550m contract to build the next phase of Line 11.

  • CAF hydrogen train (4)
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    Hydrogen multiple-unit testing gets underway

    2022-05-31T15:26:00Z

    SPAIN: The Fuel Cell Hybrid Power Pack for Rail Applications consortium has begun static testing of an electric multiple-unit which has been fitted with a hydrogen and battery power package to enable catenary-free operation. The FCH2Rail consortium comprises rolling stock manufacturer CAF, the DLR aerospace research ...