by Keri Allan
06 Jan 2023
Renfe Mercancías has announced plans to invest 122.7 million EUR (128.74m USD) into the decarbonisation and digitisation of freight rail in Spain.
Just shy of a third of this (30%) will come from the Support Programme for Sustainable and Digital Transport of MITMA (Secretary of State for Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda), within the framework of the Plan Recovery, Transformation and Resilience (PRTR), funded by the European Union NextGenerationEU.
The end goal is to make freight rail in Spain more competitive and sustainable – further improving rail’s standing as the most eco-friendly form of transport.
The money will be used to add new high power, fully electric locomotives to the Renfe Mercancías fleet, as well as platforms and wagons that will transport goods along railway highways.
To date, the operator has ordered 12 such locomotives from Stadler, four of which were delivered in September.
These will ensure the operator can make the most of new infrastructure such as the Pajares bypass, by providing greater load capacity and better levels of reliability, in turn improving freight rail efficiency.
Funds will also go towards installing noise reduction systems in wagons, ERTMS in locomotives and new rolling stock identification and traceability solutions.
Freight transport centres will also undergo process optimisation and digitisation.
Project grants will be awarded during the first half of this year and works must be completed before the end of 2025.
Renfe has commenced on-route testing of its AVE high-speed trains that will operate between Spain and France.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and King Felipe VI have inaugurated the Madrid-Murcia high-speed railway line.
Renfe has purchased an additional 97 new Cercanías and Media Distancia trains as part of its train fleet renewal plan.
Renfe has ordered an additional 49 additional Coradia Stream high-capacity trains from Alstom. These will be manufactured in Barcelona.
Adif is trialling the use of synthetic sleepers to assess whether they have the potential to become a viable alternative to wooden sleepers.
Renfe plans to execute the purchase option for 101 additional Cercanías and Media Distancia trains before the end of this year.
A Talgo Avril very high-speed train has set a new record during testing by reaching a speed of 360 kilometres per hour in Iberian gauge.
FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) has ordered 10 Coradia Stream regional trains from Alstom.
ILSA has begun technical testing of the Frecciarossa 1000 on the railway line between Madrid and Barcelona in Spain.
A new phase of testing has begun on the Murcia high speed line which is scheduled to be commissioned later this year.
ATM has contracted Alstom to electrify the first phase of Barcelona's tram connection using APS technology.
CAF has been awarded two new contracts – in Athens and Seville – valued at more than 100 million EUR (102.39m USD).
This week saw the inauguration of the Madrid–Burgos high-speed line – an extension of the high-speed North line (LAV).
Adif Alta Velocidad (Adif) has put into service the first of the three sections that will make up the Madrid-Extremadura High-Speed Line.
The Government of the Community of Madrid has authorised an investment of 500 million EUR to extend Line 11 of the Madrid Metro.
Alstom's industrial centre in Trápaga, Spain will manufacture the propulsion system for the new Zefiro Express high-speed trains in Sweden.
Adif is investing 4.3 million EUR into slope and trench reinforcement to improve the reliability of the metric gauge network in Biscay.
Adif has commissioned a new tunnel and southern entrance to support the development of high-speed rail services in Madrid.
Adif has launched a tender to extend Madrid's C-4B Cercanías line by 10km from Colmenar Viejo to Soto del Real.
Thales has begun drafting the construction project for the installation of signalling on the Eastern Bypass in Valladolid, Spain.
Adif President María Domínguez discusses the infrastructure manager’s commitment to remodel its railway stations at Global Mobility Call.
Spain's rail operator, Renfe has presented its Renfe-as-a-Service (RaaS) platform at the first edition of Global Mobility Call.
CAF has commenced static tests on the hydrogen-powered demonstrator train that is being developed for the FCH2Rail project.
Global Mobility Call will take place on 14-16 June 2022 and will be key in globally redefining sustainable mobility.
Talgo has developed a new type of running gear frame, or rodal, that reduces the mass of the rolling assembly by 50%.
Saitec will design and build the Rincón de Soto bypass in the Castejón-Logroño section of the Cantabrian-Mediterranean corridor.
Adif and Adif AV have begun a preliminary investigation into new ways to expand their telecommunications infrastructure and networks.
Renfe has signed an agreement with Microsoft to trial AI and IoT solutions that support maintenance digitisation and optimisation.
The Spanish rail infrastructure manager Adif has awarded a contract for the maintenance of 42 locomotives to Transervi.
Adif is aiming to establish protected airspaces around its rail network in order to prevent damage to its infrastructure caused by drones.
CAF and Iberdrola have signed a framework agreement to promote the use of green hydrogen in the railway and passenger transport sectors.
ILSA has awarded Hitachi Rail España the contract for the maintenance of its fleet of 20 new ETR trains for 30 years.
Renfe has signed a 1,447m euros (1,712m USD) agreement for the purchase of 152 Alstom high-capacity trains for Cercanías.
Repsol and Talgo have signed an agreement to support the development of hydrogen-powered trains in the Iberian Peninsula.
A Talgo Avril unit has reached a key milestone in the very high-speed train's homologation process by exceeding 363 kilometres per hour.
Talgo has secured a contract from Renfe to manufacture 26 new variable gauge and 330 km/h commercial speed powerheads (locomotives).
CAF Signalling has received certification in accordance to the latest TSIs for its ETCS Baseline 3 Release 2 solution – AURIGA.
Four Avelia Euroduplex trains have come into service on Spain’s high-speed rail network after conversion by Alstom and SNCF.
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Transfesa Logistics has added regular weekly services to Dourges, France to its portfolio and is hoping to expand the number of services.
The University of Extremadura in Spain will work with Talgo to develop the visual identity of the TPH2 hydrogen test train.
Talgo has started the dynamic testing of its very high-speed train, the Talgo Avril. All 30 units will go to Spain's national operator Renfe.
CAF will supply four 4-car electric multiple units to Euskotren over the next two years in a contract worth almost 32 million euros.
Avlo, Renfe's new low-cost high-speed passenger service that will run between Madrid and Barcelona, will launch on 23 June 2021.
Talgo has unveiled its plans to get into the hydrogen train market, with the Talgo Vittal-One, named in honour of hydrogen's atomic number.
Talgo has presented its hydrogen propulsion system at the Hydrogen Convention in Extremadura, as its offering to help decarbonise rail.
Alstom has conducted a digital track inspection using its TrackTracer technology on the Metro Ligero network in Madrid, Spain.
Hitachi Rail and Bombardier have signed a contract with Trenitalia to design and build 23 Frecciarossa 1000 very high-speed trains.
CAF has won maintenance contracts for trams, metros and suburban trains in Spain, Italy, Brazil and Colombia worth a total of €40 million.
Alstom is part of a consortium that has won a contract for the tunnel safety and security systems on the Madrid-Asturias high-speed line.
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