August 5, 2020

Renfe stays out of the British AVE

Renfe will not operate the British AVE. The UK Department of Transportation announced today that the consortium formed by Scottish FirstGroup and Italian Trenitalia has won the contest to exploit the West Coast Partnership (WCP) franchise, which will include the future exploitation of high-speed services (HS2 ) from 2026 between London and Birmingham, in the West Midlands region, in its first phase.

Renfe had re-engaged in the bid for this contract last December, when he allied with the Hong Kong operator MTR. The alliance was completed by the Chinese operator Guangshen Railway Company (GSRC), which operates AVE lines in China.

The agreement provided that Renfe would contribute a key role as a subcontractor in advising and specific knowledge on the exploitation of new high-speed rail services, after more than 25 years of experience also valued in other projects outside Spain, such as the case of Texas ( USA).

The British AVE was among the objectives that Renfe had set itself in its internationalization process, one of the legs on which it wants to build its future growth before the arrival of competitors to Spain from December next year. At this time, the Spanish public operator is present in the AVE between Medina and Mecca and also in the future high-speed corridor that will be built in Texas.

Another of the great axes with which it hopes to improve its performance is its "low cost" service. The company has announced that it will be in service during Holy Week, thus anticipating the arrival of competition scheduled for the end of the year.

. (tagsToTranslate) roberto l. vargas

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