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SNCF's OUIGO trains announce their entry into spanish stations

OUIGO will operate in Spain from March 2021 (photo: F.Dubessy).
OUIGO will operate in Spain from March 2021 (photo: F.Dubessy).
SPAIN. The SNCF (French National Railway Company) has decided to internationalise its OUIGO high-speed and low-cost train offer in Spain. In a press release published on Tuesday 22 September 2020, the transport company states that the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza and Tarragona will be served from 15 March 2021.
"This launch is a great source of pride for SNCF, and an opportunity to demonstrate the strength of our offers and our know-how in new markets," emphasises Christophe Fanichet, CEO of SNCF Voyageurs.

Connections between the country's capital and the Catalan capital will be offered on a daily basis, with stops in Zaragoza and Tarragona, aboard Alstom double-decker trains. They will be the first to operate between these two cities.
Reservations can be made from Thursday 24 September 2020, exclusively by digital means on a dedicated website or on the OUIGO application. The first 10,000 customers to register will benefit from a €1 rate. "SNCF's aim has always been to make high-speed travel more accessible. The quality of the Spanish network and the configuration of our trains lend themselves particularly well to this", comments Alain Krakovitch, Managing Director of Voyages SNCF. With this new service, he plans to offer up to 30,000 seats a day.

This is just the beginning, since the SNCF intends to roll out throughout Spain. OUIGO should therefore, in the coming months, also reach the cities of Valencia, Alicante, Cordoba, Seville and Malaga (see map below).

OUIGO Spain, a subsidiary of SNCF Voyageurs SA, will have a fleet of fourteen duplex trains. For Hélène Valenzuela, its president, "(the) arrival between Madrid and Barcelona marks the beginning of a new era of high-speed travel. The aim is to double the number of passengers who choose this environmentally friendly mode of transport over the next ten years."

SNCF's high-speed trains already link 300 cities in France and Europe and carry more than 140 million passengers a year.

Frédéric Dubessy

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

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