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    Kontron acquires Kapsch TrafficCom transport business


    SPAIN: Kontron Transportation has completed the acquisition of Kapsch TrafficCom’s ticket vending machine and access control business Arce Mobility Solutions for €7·6m. The deal was announced in August 2022, with Kapsch TrafficCom saying Arce was not seen as a core business, and following regulatory approval completion ...

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    RENFE starts tests before relaunching cross-border high speed services to France


    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE is preparing to revive international inter-city services between Madrid, Barcelona, Lyon and Marseille, which ceased in December last year. 

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    Automatic block for Gijón to Pravia line


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded Alstom and Técnicas Eléctricas Asturianas a €25m, 13-month contract to upgrade the signalling and train control systems on the 51 km single track electrified metre gauge line between Gijón, Aviés and Pravia. The existing system of telephone block working is ...

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    Benidorm – Dénia railway upgrade completed


    SPAIN: Regional operator FGV has completed a programme to modernise the metre gauge Benidorm – Dénia railway, which forms Line 9 of the Tram Metropolità d’Alacant network. The final step on January 16 saw the resumption of services on the section between Gata de Gorgos and ...

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    Thales to maintain signalling on ‘demanding’ section of high speed line


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF Alta Velocidad has awarded Thales a contract to maintain signalling and traffic management systems on the Lleida – Barcelona Sants – Figueras section of the Madrid – Figueras high speed line. Thales said the reliability requirements and traffic density on this route, ...

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    Four tram-train studies commissioned


    SPAIN: Catalunya operator FGC has awarded four contracts for studies to estimate the construction costs, potential demand and operating characteristics for proposed tram-train networks totalling 280 km. Ayesa Ingeniería y Servicios has been awarded a €88 200, eight month contract for the study of a proposed ...

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    Metre-gauge line to be resignalled


    SPAIN: ADIF has awarded Thales a 27-month contract worth €20·8m to supply ASFA Digital ATP to replace telephone block working on the 101 km single track, non-electrified Ortigueira – Ribadeo section of the Oviedo – Ferrol metre gauge line along the north coast. Existing colour light ...

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    Spanish high speed network extended to Murcia


    SPAIN: Passenger services on the final 15·9 km of high speed line between Orihuela and Murcia began on December 20, following an official inauguration by King Felipe VI the previous day.

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    RENFE orders more double-deck EMUs from Stadler


    SPAIN: Stadler has been awarded a €308m contract to supply a further 20 double-deck electric multiple-units 200 m long to national operator RENFE. The firm order announced on December 15 has been placed an option on a March 2021 contract which covered an initial 24 EMUs ...

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    RENFE orders more Coradia Stream EMUs


    SPAIN: Alstom has been awarded a €370m contract to supply a further 49 Coradia Stream partly double-deck electric multiple-units to national operator RENFE. The firm order announced on December 15 has been placed an option on a March 2021 contract which covered an initial 152 EMUs ...

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    Metro Report International

    FGC calls tenders to build Barcelona cross-city link


    SPAIN: Regional operator FGC has called tenders for construction of a 4 km tunnel from the Espanya terminus in Barcelona to Gràcia, improving access to the centre of the city.

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    Inclusive Trains aims to improve employability of people with learning disabilities


    SPAIN: An Inclusive Trains initiative to improve the employability of people with learning disabilities is being launched by specialist training body Fundación Juan XXIII with backing from the Alstom Foundation. A course starting in January will provide training to help people into jobs such as providing ...

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    Iryo brings Italian style to Spanish high speed rail services


    With Iryo preparing to launch its first high speed rail services this week, Mike Bent reports from a preview service between Madrid and València

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    Metro Report International

    External partners join RENFE’s MaaS platform


    SPAIN: The first five external partners have signed up to participate in the Dōcō Mobility-as-a-Service platform being developed by national train operator RENFE Operadora to support multimodal journey planning, booking and payment. Bolt is a taxi and car with driver hire company active in Madrid, Barcelona, ...

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    Metro Report International

    Tarragona light rail scheme advances


    SPAIN: FGC has awarded a contract to produce specifications for the proposed Tramvia del Camp de Tarragona light rail line.

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    Metro Report International

    Cádiz Trambahía tram-train line opens


    SPAIN: The Trambahía tram-train line in Cádiz has opened as the country’s first 1 668 mm gauge tram-train line. It includes 13·7 km of new tramway between Pelagatos and Río Arillo, from where services run 10·3 km into Cádiz over RENFE main line tracks shared with ...

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    Pajares Base Tunnel freight locomotive unveiled


    SPAIN: Stadler and national freight operator RENFE Mercancías have unveiled the first four of 12 Class 256 Euro 6000 electric locomotives designed to be able to haul 1 800 tonne trains through the Pajares Base Tunnel.

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    Hiab gets a lift with Spanish crane order


    SPAIN: Hiab has won a €7·5m order to supply eight iX.2758 RAIL super-heavy loader cranes for installation on Tecnove vehicles for railway rapid response, recovery and emergency use. The deal includes five years of support. The iX.2758 RAIL is the largest crane in the manufacturer’s recently ...

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    RENFE orders electric-battery trainsets


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has awarded CAF a €290m contract to supply 28 electric trainsets equipped with batteries to enable them to cover short distances on non-electrified routes or during a power supply failure. Equipped to operate under catenary energised at 1·5 kV or 3 kV ...

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    Spain extends free local rail offer until the end of 2023


    SPAIN: The national government has announced that it is to extend its free travel pass offer covering local and regional trains from December 31 through to the end of 2023.