Spain - Articles and news items
Rail industry news / 9 September 2016 /
According to reports, a Portuguese train derailed at 09:30 local time on Friday 09 September in north-west Spain.
In a blog for European Railway Review, Graham Ellis looks at the varying growth of high speed rail services in Spain and Portugal.
Issue 6 2015 / 9 December 2015 /
On 29 September 2015, after the completion of a new section of high-speed line to the North of Spain, between the cities of Valladolid and Leon, Adif achieved another milestone by expanding Spain’s high-speed rail network by 166 new kilometres. Adif’s President, Gonzalo Ferre Moltó, provides more details about the new line section plus Adif’s overall strategy to develop a sustainable approach to high-speed rail deployment…
Issue 5 2015 / 1 October 2015 /
The Spanish high-speed network has provided the country with one of the most modern and advanced forms of transport to currently exist, placing it at the forefront and as a world benchmark on the matter for many different countries wishing to implement and develop similar railway systems or infrastructures. How and why is Spain regarded so highly? Pedro Fortea, Director of Mafex – the Spanish Railway Association, explores.
Rail industry news / 21 May 2015 /
The world’s longest rail freight route has begun operation between the cities of Madrid and Yiwu on the east coast of China.
Issue 1 2015 / 13 February 2015 /
The Spanish railway market is currently going through gradual liberalisation, and as a first step, the country will make part of its railway infrastructure open to competition. New private train operator ECO Rail is ready to enter this sector and has already carried out a European rail liberalisation study. Summarising some of the conclusions of the study for European Railway Review is Manager for ECO Rail, Juan Antonio Cuesta Cañas…
Issue 5 2013 / 26 September 2013 /
As the result of a strong commitment to research and development, the Spanish rail industry has made available to the international market a modern fleet of rolling stock vehicles for all kinds of transportation for both passengers and goods, plus the offering of skilled train maintenance services as well as innovative track equipment solutions.
Railway transportation has experienced considerable development over recent years. Its great economic and environmental benefits have made it the best choice for improving connections, re-structuring territories, and contributing to sustainable mobility – for both freight and passengers.
The railway network evolution is closely linked to innovations and advances introduced by the industry in a number of fields such as infrastructure and superstructure, rolling stock and maintenance. All elements are essential in promoting the establishment of new connections and the modernisation of lines already in commercial operation.
Issue 5 2013 / 26 September 2013 /
Electrical compatibility between fixed installations and rolling stock, at power supply level, is paramount when dealing with power quality, system availability and reliability. This article addresses power quality and power quality monitoring on alternate current 25 kV electrification systems, focused on overvoltages generated by near resonance frequency harmonics.
According to Ohm’s Law, when a voltage is applied to an electrical circuit the resulting current flow is inversely proportional to the circuit impedance. By the same law, if an electric current is injected in a circuit the resulting voltage is directly proportional to the circuit impedance.
By definition the electrical impedance is the measure of opposition that an electric circuit presents to the flow of current. In alternating current (AC) the impedance has two components: resistance and reactance. The resistance component is intrinsic to the materials and shape of electrical elements. The reactance relates to the electromagnetic induction phenomena between electrical elements. While resistance is invariable with frequency, reactance is frequency dependent.
ETCS in operation on Spanish high-speed, commuter and three-rail lines (Ignacio Jorge Iglesias, Technical Coordination Director for High-Speed, Adif)
Comparison of Control Centres and Railway Operating Centres (Chris Carson, Head of Service Delivery, East Coast Main Line Company Ltd)
Issue 5 2012 / 19 September 2012 /
Since my appointment as CEO of Adif, one of my main strategic priorities has been to drive forward the internationalisation of Spanish railway technology and its companies, and to reinforce the ‘Spanish Brand’ on an international basis. By doing so, the international activity of Adif must be, and is, an important pillar of the company’s strategy because it consolidates our presence in the global arena and also paves the way to achieve new markets and, therefore, new economic resources.
In this sense, Adif, as infrastructure manager, works actively with Spanish companies to support them in their internationalisation strategies to help contribute to the projection of the railway sector abroad.
In my opinion, Spain’s experience of railway development would serve as a good example for numerous countries, especially in the technological field of construction and management of high-speed lines. We are proud of the support that we can give for the creation of Spanish consortiums for the design and construction of infrastructure projects abroad.
Issue 5 2012 / 19 September 2012 /
The Portuguese Government recently decided to lease the suburban railway services of Lisbon and Oporto to the private sector, according its Strategic Plan for Transports, approved by the Council of Ministers Resolution Nº 45/2011 of 13 October 2011. The Government intends to define the model for the new private sector, as well as defining a model for the privatisation/concession of the incumbent – predicted for 2013.
The ongoing liberalisation of the domestic market in Portugal: A series of structural reforms have been adapted in Portugal aimed at enhancing the financial stability of the country’s business sector of the State, which includes CP – Comboios de Portugal, E.P.E.
A number of measures have already been established, including a review of pricing and cuts of operating costs, including the significant reduction of salaries. All of these measures, and others, are aimed at ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of companies.
Issue 5 2011 / 22 September 2011 /
In 2010, the Infrastructure Extraordinary Plan (Plan Extraordinario de Infraestructuras (PEI)) of the Ministry of Public Works began, with expected tenders in the region of €17,000 million – the equivalent to 1.7% of Spanish GDP – which meant a turning point in the model used up until then in Spain to construct and maintain new public infrastructures.
The PEI envisages the application of Public Private Collaboration (PPC) to promote cooperation between public administrations and the private sector for the development and modernisation of infrastructures and public services of strategic interest. In this sense it is noteworthy that approximately 70% of investments will be allocated to railways to enhance suburban railway networks as well as freight transportation.