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  • RENFE freight train

    RENFE Mercancías selects strategic partner


    SPAIN: The board of national operator RENFE has selected Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Co’s inland logistics subsidiary Medlog as strategic partner to help it develop freight business RENFE Mercancías into an integrated logistics business. The search for a strategic partner for RENFE Mercancías has been underway for ...

  • Alstom Talent Energy internship programme

    Alstom training programme seeks Spanish students and graduates


    SPAIN: Alstom has launched a further edition of its Talent Energy internship programme in Spain, aimed at students in the final year of a bachelor’s or master’s degree as well as recent graduates. Now in its 11th year, the initiative combines academic and professional experience ...

  • Evo-Rail train top unit

    On-train connectivity rolls out


    EUROPE: Following successful trials on the UK’s Island Line, FirstGroup’s railway telecoms company Evo-rail has worked with Comsa to install its Rail-5G on-train connectivity technology on the Figueres - Perpignan high speed line between Spain and France. Evo-rail said the mmWave technology which uses trackside antenna ...

  • Euskotren (Photo CAF)

    Train noise reduction collaboration


    SPAIN: Wheelset supplier CAF MiiRA is to work with Basque region train operator Euskotren to test technology designed to reduce significantly the noise generated by train wheels. Used mainly in monobloc wheels, the constrained layer damper system is tuned to damp the most relevant modes of ...

  • Alcalá de Guadaíra tramway
    Metro Report International

    Alcalá de Guadaíra tramway tenders called


    SPAIN: The junta of Andalucía has called tenders for the supply of power supply equipment, signalling and other systems to equip the tramway under construction in Alcalá de Guadaíra to the east of Sevilla. Construction of the 12·5 km line from Montecarmelo to an interchange with ...

  • RENFE CAF Cercanias Civia (Photo RENFE)
    Metro Report International

    RENFE pilots Green Mobility Hubs


    SPAIN: National train operator RENFE has launched a Green Mobility Hub pilot project to encourage rail passengers to opt for environmentally friendly first- and last-mile transport to and from stations. Suburban station car parks will be adapted to provide facilities for bikes, vehicle sharing and for ...

  • Sevilla metro
    Metro Report International

    Metro de Sevilla Line 3 tendering underway


    SPAIN: Tenders have been called for a contract to build a 1·5 km section of the future Metro de Sevilla Line 3. The €132m 36-month contract covers a section of the line which will run in a 12·5 m deep cut-and-cover tunnel with two stations at ...

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    La Llagosta logistics terminal operator appointed


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manger ADIF has awarded a joint venture of Hupac Ibérica and TPNOVA Rail & Logistic Services to operate the freight terminal which is under construction at La Llagosta, 15 km from Barcelona. The terminal is scheduled to open in Q2 2025. The operating contract ...

  • Iryo launches high speed train services to Andalucia (4)

    Deloitte to develop Spanish track access charging regime


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded Deloitte a contract to develop a scale of access charges which will apply to RENFE, Iryo and Ouigo in 2024 and 2025. Responsibility for access charges was transferred from the state budget to ADIF in December 2022, and they can ...

  • Ex-FEVE narrow gauge DMU

    Spanish narrow gauge fares integrated


    SPAIN: Fares on the metre gauge routes formerly operated by FEVE will be integrated with the rest of national operator RENFE’s fare structure from July 17. FEVE was merged with RENFE in January 2013, but the separate fare structures were retained, including a lack of through ...

  • CAF Euskotren train
    Metro Report International

    Bilbao Line 5 trains ordered


    SPAIN: Euskotren has awarded CAF a contract to supply five Class 980 trainsets in 2026-27 for use on the future Bilbao metro Line 5. The 6·6 km Line 5 is under construction between Sarratu and Gldakao in the eastern suburbs of Bilbao. The four-car metre gauge ...

  • Talgo factory

    Talgo Inspire seeks alliances with transport technology start-ups


    SPAIN: Rolling stock manufacturer Talgo has launched a programme to work with innovative start-ups in the worldwide transport sector. The Inspire programme will use a venture client model under which Talgo will buy a start-up’s products rather than acquire an equity stake. ‘We are looking for ...

  • RENFE train and passengers at Valencia station

    Comments sought on RENFE ticketing commitments


    SPAIN: The European Commission has invited comments on commitments offered by national operator RENFE to address concerns over its alleged refusal to supply rival ticketing platforms with train information and real-time data. In April the Commission opened a formal investigation into whether RENFE may have restricted ...

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    Urban In Depth

    Comment: Bright light in Barcelona


    The UITP summit in Barcelona emphasised the importance of public transport in supporting cities, the economy and the planet, while addressing the challenges of climate change and post-covid travel patterns. Chris Jackson reflects on the conference as a platform for collaboration to secure the future of public transport.

  • CAF Regional eléctrico RENFE

    RENFE orders more Media Distancia EMUs


    SPAIN: RENFE has ordered a further batch of 200 km/h electric multiple-units from CAF for use on medium distance services. The €190m order for 32 trainsets announced on June 27 has been placed as part of a October 2022 framework agreement which covered an initial 28 ...

  • Gijon port

    Contract awarded for complex port railway extension


    SPAIN: The Gijón port authority has awarded Comsa a €5·8m contract to undertake a complicated project to extend the 1 668 mm gauge rail network within the port complex at El Musel onto the northern breakwater The 2·9 km extension will have to cross roads and ...

  • es Bilbao Line 5
    Metro Report International

    Bilbao metro Line 5 construction contract awarded


    SPAIN: Local infrastructure manager Euskal Trenbide Sarea has selected a joint venture of Acciona, Sacyr, Altuna y Uria and Bycam to build the central section of Bilbao metro Line 5, Acciona announced on June 15. The 2·8 km section of the planned 6·3 km Line 5 ...

  • Iryo train

    ADIF eyes more open access as Spanish high speed ridership surges


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has put forward proposals for the expansion of open access operations across the Spanish rail network, building on the experience of competition on selected high speed lines. Speaking at the UNIFE General Assembly in Madrid on June 15, ADIF President María Domínguez-González ...

  • Arriva Wink train

    Netherlands – Belgium – France open access train service planned


    EUROPE: Arriva Nederland has applied for permission to launch an open access passenger service from the north of the Netherlands to Belgium and Paris.

  • Iryo Alacant

    Iryo launches Madrid to Alacant service


    SPAIN: Private high speed operator Iryo launched two pairs of return trains between Madrid Chamartín and Alacant on June 2. The inaugural service departed at 07.45 from Madrid to Alacant, with Transport Minister Xavier Flores onboard. Trains leave Madrid Chamartín at 07.45 and 15.45 daily, while ...