All Spain articles – Page 2

  • Girona (Photo: Ron van der Steeg/Pixabay)
    Metro Report International

    Catalunya studies tram-train networks


    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

    High speed line to Burgos opens


    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.

  • CAF MetroCentro Sevilla
    Metro Report International

    Sevilla tram order


    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


    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.

  • Port of Barcelona tracks

    Southern rail access to Barcelona port goes ahead


    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)

    Mixed response to Spanish free rail travel proposals


    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)

    Madrid tunnel unites Spain’s standard gauge high speed networks


    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

    GTS Rail targets Iberia


    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

    Talgo tests prototype hydrogen train


    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


    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)

    Hydrogen multiple-unit testing gets underway


    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 ...

  • Sevilla station (Photo: Pissicatto/Pixabay)

    Mérida – Sevilla route to get signalling and telecoms enhancements


    SPAIN: ADIF has awarded Siemens Rail Automation and FCC Industrial e Infraestructuras Energéticas a contract to eliminate telephone block signalling on the only remaining section of the Mérida – Sevilla route which has not yet been upgraded.

  • Valencia Line 10 (1)
    Metro Report International

    Line 10 opens in València


    SPAIN: Metrovalencia Line 10 was inaugurated on May 17, running 5·3 km from Alacant to Natzaret. The western 2·3 km with three stops is in tunnel, and the eastern 3 km with five stops is on the surface. Construction of the line ...

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    Four companies launch Spanish passenger operators’ association


    SPAIN: Independent high speed operator Iryo, regional railways FGC and Euskotren, and national incumbent RENFE have joined forces to launch a national association of passenger train operators.

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    High speed train depot to be expanded


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has awarded Seranco-Pavasal a €12·5m, nine-month contract to double capacity at the Santa Catalina high speed train maintenance depot in the southern suburbs of Madrid. Once the expansion has been completed and the cross-capital tunnel with 1 435 mm gauge tracks has ...

  • A project providing ‘purple officers’ to promote zero tolerance of sexist or LGBTI-phobic violence on the Barcelona metro has been launched.
    Metro Report International

    Purple officers to tackle harassment on the Barcelona metro


    SPAIN: A project providing specially trained ‘purple officers’ to promote zero tolerance of sexist or LGBTI-phobic violence, encourage respectful coexistence and assist victims of harassment has been launched by Barcelona metro operator TMB and Santa Coloma de Gramenet council. This is an ...

  • Castellón de la Plana station

    Thales awarded Mediterranean Corridor signalling contract


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager Adif Alta Velocidad has awarded Thales a contract for signalling renewals on the 155 km Castellón de la Plana – L’Ametlla section of the Valencia – Barcelona main line, and on the 13 km branch linking L’Aldea Amposta with Tortosa.

  • CAF tram in Granada
    Metro Report International

    Granada light rail expansion gets underway


    SPAIN: Surveys have begun ahead of a call for tenders for construction of an extension to Granada’s light rail line, and an order for additional trams has been confirmed. Ayesa and Pontem Engineering Services are undertaking geotechnical surveys for the 4·6 km, six-stop southern extension between ...

  • Map of the Cherbourg-Bayonne rail motorway

    UK and Ireland to Spain ‘rail motorway’ to go ahead


    FRANCE: Brittany Ferries is going ahead with plans for a ‘rail motorway’ service carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers between the port of Cherbourg and the European Freight Centre at Bayonne near the Spanish border. This will offer connections at Cherbourg with ferries to Poole and Portsmouth in ...

  • Talgo is developing a carbon fibre reinforced polymer composite version of its characteristic ‘rodal’ running gear frames.

    Carbon fibre reinforced polymer high speed train running gear frame on test


    SPAIN: Talgo is developing a carbon fibre reinforced polymer composite version of its characteristic ‘rodal’ running gear frames. The company expects this will offer a 50% reduction in weight compared to using welded steel plates, with an associated cut in energy consumption and track wear as ...