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AVRIL in May - now official!
AVRIL in May - now official!

On 11 April 2024 MITMS Minister Óscar Puente announced that Renfe had now received the first ten Class 106 AVRIL high speed trains.

Deliveries of T4000 pocket wagons started and more ordered
Deliveries of T4000 pocket wagons started and more ordered

On 21 December 2023, ERA issued an approval for the T4000 pocket wagons from Tatravagónka so that the latter could subsequently start deliveries of a 200-strong batch to VTG. The first set of 15 wagons was shipped in January 2024, with the second set being transported to the customer in early February.

Variante de Pajares inaugurated (2)
Variante de Pajares inaugurated (2)

On 29 November 2023 at 13.35 a Class 130 ALVIA departed from Madrid-Chamartín, bound for Oviedo, the new, fast way, via the base tunnel under the Cordillera Cantábrica.

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Variante de Pajares inaugurated (1)
Variante de Pajares inaugurated (1)

On 29 November 2023 at 13.35 a Class 130 ALVIA departed from Madrid-Chamartín, bound for Oviedo, the new, fast way, via the base tunnel under the Cordillera Cantábrica.

Leo Express plans train services to Belgium
Leo Express plans train services to Belgium

Renfe, which owns a 50% stake in Leo Express, has announced that the latter plans to introduce services between Belgium and Slovakia via Germany and the Czech Republic.

First commercial test train on Pajares Variante
First commercial test train on Pajares Variante

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.

AVLO to Galicia
AVLO to Galicia

During the pre-election campaign in Zamora on 17 July 2023, MITMA Minister Raquel Sánchez announced that Renfe would start up its low cost AVLO services on the Galician high speed line in 2024 - no specific date was given.

Inaugural AVE to Lyon
Inaugural AVE to Lyon

Renfe's inaugural train from Barcelona to Lyon, formed of a Class 100, departed from Barcelona-Sants on 13 July 2023.

A first view of Renfe's new KISS/FLIRT EMUs
A first view of Renfe's new KISS/FLIRT EMUs

On 5 July 2023 Renfe President, Raül Blanco, visited Stadler's factory in Albuixech, València, where he was able to see construction in progress of the first two of the 79 EMUs ordered in spring 2021 for Cercanías services.

To France: Renfe names the day
To France: Renfe names the day

On 19 June 2023 in Barcelona Renfe President Raül Blanco announced that on 13 July the operator would start its Barcelona to Lyon service, followed on 28 July by that from Madrid to Marseille.

Alstom presents images of new Cercanías/Rodalies EMUs
Alstom presents images of new Cercanías/Rodalies EMUs

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 is a step further to start commercial activities in France
Renfe is a step further to start commercial activities in France

Renfe has finalised the registration of its Lyon branch and now has the authorisation from the French authorities to start its commercial activity imminently.

CAF's HEMU prototype to be tested on the Spanish network
CAF's HEMU prototype to be tested on the Spanish network

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.

Variante De Pajares: MITMA Finally Names The Day (Or Rather, Month)
Variante De Pajares: MITMA Finally Names The Day (Or Rather, Month)

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'.

AVLO To Alacant
AVLO To Alacant

On 27 March 2023 Renfe is to expand its network of low cost AVLO services.