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Alstom wins €1.4bn contract to supply 152 trains to Spanish operator Renfe

Written by Eric Apim on Monday, March 29th 2021 à 16:41 | Read 501 times

The contract with Renfe covers Alstom's X'Trapolis suburban trains (photo Alstom)
The contract with Renfe covers Alstom's X'Trapolis suburban trains (photo Alstom)
SPAIN / FRANCE. On Monday 29 March 2021, Alstom announced the signing of a contract worth over €1.4 billion with Renfe, the Spanish train operator. The French rail equipment manufacturer will supply 152 high-capacity trains from its X'Trapolis range and provide maintenance for fifty-six of them for fifteen years, as well as supplying parts for the fleet and the initial stock of spare parts and their tooling. A further 76 trains are optional.

"When you pass the billion mark, there aren't many contracts like this in Europe (...) This is the biggest rolling stock contract in Spain since ever, in terms of value," Gian Luca Erbacci, president of Alstom Europe, told AFP.

Renfe's total contract comprised two lots worth a total of €2.445 billion. The one won by the French, and also another entrusted to the Swiss group Stadler which will have to supply fifty-nine trains for almost €1bn. "The call for tenders did not allow candidates to win both lots," explains the president of Alstom Europe.

Trains manufactured in Catalonia

98% recyclable at the end of their service life, these 100-metre long trains are designed to run in suburban areas (suburban and regional transport) and will be able to accommodate 900 passengers. This is 20% more per hour in the country's most congested rail centres such as Madrid and Barcelona. They will be equipped with wi-fi and space for bicycles and pushchairs.

X'Trapolis is a modular train platform offering a variety of flexible and high-capacity solutions, of which 5,000 have already been sold in Spain, France, Australia, Chile and South Africa over the last ten years.

According to an Alstom press release, "the design of this innovative train is the result of two years of hard work by a team of more than one hundred professionals from Alstom's many areas of expertise and from various regions of the world. The team has been led and coordinated by engineering and industrialisation experts from Alstom's Santa Perpètua site, near Barcelona, and from the centres of excellence in Madrid.

The trains will be manufactured in Santa Perpètua and will represent at least five years of production for the Catalan plant


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