The Andalusian Regional Department of Public Works has awarded CAF a contract to supply six Urbos light rail vehicles to operate the Alcalá de Guadaíra tram network in Seville. The contract also includes two years of maintenance work on the units, as well as the supply of spare parts for the units.
Five of the vehicles are intended to provide service on city’s tram network, with a sixth unit being available at the depot to provide a service in synchronisation with Seville Metro’s Line 1, which it will connect up with at the Pablo de Olavide stop, next to the University.
Rencetly, the Minister of Development, Marifrán Carazo, and the representatives of CAF opened an engineering and development centre in the city of Granada. “The opening of this engineering and design centre for the manufacture of trains in Granada based on modern technology the railway transport relies on enables jobs creation with highly qualified employment in the city,” the minister said.
The Granada headquarters of CAF Digital Design Solutions, which is the Andalusian subsidiary of CAF, joins the centres the company already has in Linares and Jaén, Andalusia, and which have a staff of more than 180 engineers dedicated to engineeringdevelopment for train manufacturing projects, in all ranges from commuter and regional trains to metros and trams. The centres also is responsible for design to modernise vehicles or technical assistance services for train maintenance. CAF Digital Design Solutions also provides technical support to its parent company covering calculations and simulations, cybersecurity, quality assurance, or additive manufacturing and digitisation, manufacturing complex parts using 3D printing for short series, as well as manufacturing scale models.
Among the trains already in operation on the metropolitan railways managed by the Junta de Andalucía – Sevilla, Málaga, Granada and Trambahía metros, with 57 trains in total – or in the delivery, manufacturing or awarded phase, CAF is responsible for manufacturingof 75 units for the Andalucía metro and tram fleets.In addition, its Andalusian subsidiary is also working on development engineering for Renfe Cercanías trains, as well as for other international projects for metros, trams or medium and long-distance trains.
The minister met with CAF representatives to view train manufacturing process for 8 metro trains to be delivered to Granada Metro for which the Ministry provided EUR 39.7 million. The trains will be gradually delivered with two vehicles expected to be handed over in December 2023 and in the first four months of 2024 the remaining six trains will be supplied.