The board of directors of Renfe, the Spanish national railway operator, has approved contracts with Alstom and Stadler for the supply of 211 trains for the Cercanías system, covering the commuter services of the country’s largest cities.
The new rolling stock will have an increased capacity – 20% more than the current Civia trains. The total value of the contracts will be 2.445 billion euros.The contract, which Renfe will conclude with Alstom, provides for the construction of 152 trains with a length of 100 meters at a cost of 1.447 billion euros.
Stadler Rail Valencia will receive a € 998 million contract for 24 trains 200 meters long and 35 trains 100 meters long. Both contracts also cover 15 years of rolling stock maintenance and spare parts.
The maintenance will be carried out by joint ventures, 49% in the authorized capital of which will be owned by the Renfe service subsidiary Fabricación y Mantenimiento of the Renfe operator, and 51% by Alstom or Stadler, respectively.
The new trains will be adapted to transport passengers with reduced mobility. The carriages have areas for bicycles and baby carriages. To speed up embarkation and disembarkation, each 100-meter train is equipped with a minimum of 10 doors on each side.
The contracts will be signed as part of the 2019 plan to renew 50% of Renfe’s commuter and medium-haul rolling stock. Train deliveries will begin in 2024.Earlier, the Spanish company CAF ordered 37 meter gauge trains (photo: Wikipedia).
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