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Alstom to supply high-capacity trains for Spain

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Spanish national railway operator Renfe has placed a contract with Alstom to supply 152 X’Trapolis high-capacity trains for a total amount of more than €1.4 billion (£1.2 billion). The contract also includes the maintenance of 56 of the trains for a period of 15 years and the supply of parts for the fleet, as well as the initial stock of spare parts and their tooling.

The new trains will each be 100 metres long and have a capacity of over 900 passengers in a mixed-configuration design, with both single and double-decker cars. They will allow Renfe to transport at least 20% more passengers per hour in the country’s most congested railway hubs, including Madrid and Barcelona.

Gian Luca Erbacci, Alstom.

Gian Luca Erbacci, president of Alstom Europe, said: “We are immensely proud to have been selected by Renfe to supply this large fleet of latest-generation trains.

“Our solution is the result of long experience in design, engineering and industrialisation on a global level, and over 30 years of manufacturing trains in Spain.

“Furthermore, the fact that more than 80% of our suppliers are local Spanish companies, makes us very proud. The size and importance of this contract bears witness to the trust and confidence that has been built in the enduring relationship between Alstom and Renfe.”

The trains will be manufactured at Santa Perpètua, near Barcelona.

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