There is no point in running a test freight train unless it carries a commercial payload. Such was the case when the final session of verification testing started on the new high speed line between Pola de Lena and La Robla on 1 September 2023.
On 15 June 2023 Alstom invited MITMA Minister Raquel Sánchez and Renfe President Raül Blanco to the factory in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, to receive the latest details and images of the 201 Coradia Stream EMUs currently under construction for the Cercanías network in Madrid and the Rodalies network in Barcelona, together with various other Cercanías hubs.
Renfe has finalised the registration of its Lyon branch and now has the authorisation from the French authorities to start its commercial activity imminently.
On 6 June 2023 the FCH2Rail project, in which a bi-mode demonstrator train with hydrogen fuel cells is being developed, has achieved an important milestone by obtaining authorisation to run in tests on the Spanish national network.
On 3 May 2023, during a meeting with Adrián Barbón, the President of the Principality of Asturias, the Secretary General for Infrastructures, Xavier Flores, announced that the 50 km high speed line from La Robla to Pola de Lena, through the 25 km base tunnel under the Cordillera Cantábrica, would be opened to commercial traffic 'during November 2023'.