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    Interview: Iryo targets a 30% share


    Ahead of the launch of its Iryo-branded high speed service in Spain later this year, we ask ILSA Chief Executive Simone Gorini to outline his vision for the Trenitalia-backed entrant to the high speed market.

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    Metro Report International

    Palma metro extension approved


    SPAIN: Plans to extend the Palma metro 1·4 km from Universitat de les Illes Balears west to the Parc Bit science and technology area have been approved by the regional government. An invitation to tender is expected to be issued soon. The project is budgeted at ...

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    In depth

    Spain: ‘Basque Y’ inches ahead


    Located in a mountainous area presenting formidable engineering challenges, the Y-shaped 1 435 mm gauge high speed network linking San Sebastián, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Bilbao in Spain’s Basque region has been designed to handle both passenger and freight trains. Mike Bent reports.

  • RENFE has presented the first of 14 Class 730 electro-diesel gauge changing trainsets to undergo a mid-life refurbishment in a €11m programme which is being undertaken at Talgo’s Las Matas works.

    RENFE and Talgo present first refurbished Class 730


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has presented the first of 14 Class 730 electro-diesel gauge changing trainsets to undergo a mid-life refurbishment in a €11m programme which is being undertaken at Talgo’s Las Matas works. The Class 730s are rebuilds from dual-voltage Class 130 electric trainsets, and ...

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    Six options in Santander – Bilbao railway study


    SPAIN: The Ministry of Transport, Mobility & the Urban Agenda has published details of its ‘Informative Study’ for a new railway line between Santander and Bilbao. Prepared by WSP Spain-Apia and Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas under a €1∙2m contract awarded in September 2020, the study puts ...

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    Metro Report International

    Bilbao tram extension opens


    SPAIN: A 2·3 km extension of Bilbao’s city centre tramway was opened for revenue service on March 25, linking Atxuri and Bolueta.

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    Conference calls for more freight routes to and from Spain


    SPAIN: Salvador Galve, Chairman of the Railway Commission of the General Council of Industrial Engineers, presented the European Alliance for the Development of Railway Corridors in the Iberian Peninsula initiative at a conference held in Madrid on March 9. According to Galve, less than 4% of ...

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    MainRail to digitalise ADIF maintenance records


    SPAIN: Aldesa Group company Coalvi and Rover Rail have selected the MainRailMT digital platform for tracking and asset condition and managing maintenance tasks in real time. The two companies will deploy the technology to support their contract to maintain more than 2 700 km of ADIF’s ...

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    Spain to create single transport accident investigation body


    SPAIN: The government is currently drafting legislation to establish a single transport accident investigation body, combining the responsibilities of the three commissions currently in charge of investigating maritime, civil aviation and railway accidents.

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    Metro Report International

    Camp de Tarragona tram plan


    SPAIN: Catalan transport operator FGC has called tenders for a €1·9m, 18-month contract to produce specifications for the first phase of the proposed Tramvia del Camp de Tarragona light rail line. This would run 14·6 km through the municipalities of Cambrils, Salou and Vila-seca, using the ...

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    Algeciras picks Fesava to provide port rail services


    SPAIN: Algeciras port authority ABPA has awarded Fesava a two-year contract to provide rail services at its Isla Verde Interior and Exterior terminals. The port rail network was previously operated by ADIF under an agreement with APBA and Puertos del Estado, with rail freight operations managed ...

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    Millimetre-wave radio data transfer trialled on the Madrid Metro


    SPAIN: Metro de Madrid and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid have tested a millimetre-wave radio system supplied by Israeli company Radwin to support data transfer between trains and between train and the lineside. Radwin said the tests showed that its TerraBridge mmWave radio technology can provide a ...

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    Detecting earthquakes with ADIF’s optic fibre network


    SPAIN: ADIF has signed an agreement for the Instituto Geográfico Nacional to use its optic fibre network to gather and analyse data about earthquakes, which are relatively common in the Iberian Peninsula. To date, ADIF’s 16 000 km dark optic fibre network has not been made ...

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    ILSA to add a third partner


    SPAIN: Intermodalidad de Levante, the high speed joint venture between Trenitalia and Air Nostrum, is poised to agree a deal with Globalvia under which it would become the third partner in the business. Globalvia, a motorway and urban transport infrastructure concessionaire owned by three investment funds, ...

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    Spanish EMUs to have ABB traction batteries


    SPAIN: Stadler has awarded ABB a US$80m contract to supply traction converters and roof-mounted lithium-ion batteries for 59 double-deck electric multiple-units which RENFE has ordered for use on Madrid and Barcelona commuter services. The EMUs will operate primarily using 3 kV DC overhead, but will be ...

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    Metro Report International

    Work to begin on Barcelona tram extension


    SPAIN: Work on the long-planned link between the isolated Trambesòs and Trambaix light rail networks in Barcelona is expected to begin in the second week of March, following the award of construction contracts for the first half of the route. Following a series of feasibility studies, ...

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    Mallorca EMU contract awarded


    SPAIN: Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca has ordered five four-car electric multiple-units from CAF for use on its metre-gauge routes from Palma de Mallorca to Inca, Sa Pobla and Manacor. Scheduled to enter service in 2024, the 1·5 kV DC EMUs will be based on units that ...

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    Metro Report International

    Tenders called to extend Madrid Line 11 into the city centre


    SPAIN: Madrid municipality has called tenders for construction of a 7 km extension of Metro de Madrid’s Line 11 from Plaza Elíptica, where it has an interchange with Line 6, to Conde de Casal, where it would again meet Line 6. There would be four intermediate ...

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    Testing starts in Madrid’s third cross-city tunnel


    SPAIN: Trial running began through the third cross-city tunnel between Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Atocha over the weekend of February 5-6. Rolling stock chosen for the trials consisted of a pair of S112 Talgo trainsets refitted for national operator RENFE’s low-cost Avlo services. 

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    Talgo to begin fuel cell loco trials


    SPAIN: Trials are to begin shortly with the TPH2 fuel cell test locomotive developed by Talgo as part of its hydrogen traction programme. This forms part of a low-carbon research and development strategy which is being supported by a green hydrogen supply alliance and financing from ...