posted on 13th Jun 2023 11:59
Renfe has finalised the registration of the Lyon branch with the Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés. The new Renfe subsidiary is located next to Lyon Part Dieu station and has the authorisation from the French authorities to start its commercial activity imminently. The opening of this branch is a key step for the full operation of Renfe in this country.
According to the Lyon trade register, Renfe is registered for "the provision of passenger rail transport services, both nationally and internationally, intermediation in the provision of any tourist service, the organisation, provision and/or marketing of package travel or package holidays, travel packages or tourist products, as well as the provision of other services or activities, complementary or related to rail transport".
In practice, this step completes the administrative procedures required for Renfe to provide services in France, a priority market in the company's internationalisation strategy, where the most immediate step will be the entry into service of the AVEs linking Lyon and Marseille with Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, Zaragoza and Madrid, with numerous intermediate stops including Montpellier, Valencia, Avignon, Nîmes, Béziers, Narbonne and Perpignan. The company will be announcing the opening of sales for this service in the next few days.
The next steps will be to extend the AVE trains to the busiest and most economically attractive corridors for the company, and to position Renfe as a benchmark operator for the French public.