by Josephine Cordero Sapién
31 Mar 2023
Spain: Renfe has awarded CAF a contract for 29 electric trains for Cercanías for EUR 192.7 million.
This contract is part of Renfe’s Fleet Renewal Plan, under which the company will make a global investment in excess of EUR 5.5 billion for the purchase and overhaul of 539 new trains and locomotives.
The decision to award this contract to CAF was approved by Renfe’s board of directors on 27 March.
As part of the contract CAF will provide maintenance for the trains for 15 years, as well as spare parts. The contract further includes an option for an additional nine electric trains.
The trains will be four-car units with a capacity for more than 500 passengers.
The purchase of these 29 Cercanías units complements the acquisition of new Media Distancia trains (awarded to CAF in October 2022) to deliver the best efficiency in operation as well as the lowest long-term cost.
Renfe launched its Fleet Renewal Plan in 2019. It involves the renewal of around half of the trains dedicated to Public Service Obligations (PSOs).
The new trains will increase reliability and reduce the number of incidents causing disruption. They will also be more energy-efficient than their predecessors.
This contract is the third awarded to CAF as part of the Fleet Renewal Plan.
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