The Board of Renfe has approved the tender for the acquisition of 38 hybrid trains which would enter services on Cercanías suburban network. The contract has a value of EUR 365.6 million and envisages the procurement of 29 multiple units with 9 additional trains.
With 15-year maintenance contract for 11 trains, tools, provision of depot facilities as well as the options for additional trains and maintenance contract extension, the total value of the contract is EUR 473.9 million. The maintenance services will be carried out by a joint venture between the winner of the tender and Renfe Fabricacion y Mantenimiento.
The objective of the contract is to provide accessible trains adapted to the future changes in infrastructure such as electrification and new standard-gauge line. The hybrid trains will be formed by 3 cars and will be able to run on electrified and non-electrified lines, replacing the diesel rolling stock.
The trains will run with speeds of 160 km/h on electrified lines and 140 km/h on non-electrified lines.
They will be equipped with security systems, Wi-Fi, passenger information system, and will have special places for bicycles. They will also be adapted to the passengers with reduced mobility.
The tender is part of the Public Service Obligations (OSP) contract with Spanish government.
In April, Renfe announced it will launch a tender for the procurement of 211 high-capacity EMUs for Cercanías suburban services as part of its plan to renew the rolling stock. EUR 2.72 billion is the estimated value of the acquisition, including a 15-year maintenance agreement.
Also, in April, the European Investment Bank announced it will analyse Renfe’s train procurement project, for which the bank considers a EUR 100 million funding. It was announced that the project has a total value of EUR 201 million and includes the acquisition of 31 trainsets, of which 26 are electric trains and 5 hybrid trainsets. They will replace Renfe’s ageing rolling stock in metric gauge rail network of Asturias, Cantabria and Vizcaya.