Renfe signs the contract for Cercanías trains

Cercanías trains The President of Renfe, Raül Blanco, and the CEO of CAF, Javier Martínez Ojinaga, have signed the contract for the purchase of 29 four-car Cercanías trains, worth EUR 193 million. The contract includes an option for up to 9 additional electric multiple units (EMUs).

The contract signing follows the announcement made by Renfe in March to award the contract to CAF which also includes the provision of maintenance services and spare parts for 15 years.

The new trains will provide capacity for 500 passengers delivering increased access for passengers with reduced mobility, as well as to visually or hearing impaired travellers.

The EMUs manufactured by CAF will be equipped with modern passenger information system, and air conditioning.

The new trains will allow the rejuvenation of company’s rolling stock providing more comfortable and fast services, increased accessibility, contributing to the strategy to replace diesel trains.

The purchase of these new trains complements the acquisition of 28 new medium-distance electric-battery trains from CAF under a contract signed in October 2022 which also includes an option for 42 additional trains. Under this framework agreement, in June, Renfe exercised an option by ordering 32 electric multiple units, of which 24 three-car EMUs and 8 four-car trains worth EUR 190 million.

Another contract with CAF was signed in 2021 for the supply of 37 metre-gauge trains to operate on suburban and medium-distance rail routes, with an option to order six more EMUs and hybrid trains.

The acquisition of the new Cercanías trains is part of Renfe’s fleet renewal plan, which will involve the renewal of approximately 50% of the trains to provide transport services under the Public Service Obligations (PSO).

Two important contracts were signed in 2021 totalling EUR 2.44 billion under which Alstom will supply 152 high-capacity Cercanías trains with a value of EUR 1.44 billion, while Stadler will deliver 59 high-capacity Iberian-gauge trains worth EUR 998 million. at the end of 2022, Renfe placed another order for 49 Alstom’s Coradia Stream high-capacity trains that, added to the previously ordered trains, will form 201 train fleet manufactured by Alstom totalling EUR 1.8 billion.

The fleet renewal strategy covers an investment of EUR 4.5 billion for the purchase of 436 trains and 50 locomotives as well as the modernisation of 57 existing trains. The procurement includes Cercanías, medium- and long-distance trains and locomotives and if the maintenance of this rolling stock is added, the total value of the investment is more than EUR 5.2 billion.

According to its plans, Renfe will make possible the creation of more than 52,000 jobs.

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