The Board of Spanish National Train operator Renfe approved a tender for up to 105 regional trains at a meeting in Madrid on Tuesday. Renfe agreed for the purchase of 43 medium distance trains for an amount of 750 million euros.
Renfe operates a wide variety of services ranging from regional rural lines and commuter links to the modern, high-speed AVE intercity trains. Renfe routes cover around 15,000 kilometres of railway.
The railway operator also leaves the door open to acquire additional 62 trains. The latter will have a generator car for traction on non-electrified tracks and will be designed to evolve towards eco-friendly ways. The brand-new trains will have facilities like Wi-Fi connectivity and capable of a maximum speed of 200km per hour in electrified lines and 160km/h in diesel mode.
In addition, the tender also includes the procurement of parts, the maintenance of the trains for 15 years, the warehouse of the material and additional supply options. With these services, the tender exceeds 1,322 million euros.
The bidder who wins will maintain the trains in a joint venture with Renfe for a minimum of next 15 years and the contract will include an option to extend the maintenance term.
Deliveries are due to begin within 42 months of contract signing.