Renfe has entered the bid to participate in the AVE that the United Kingdom builds between London and Birmingham, by allying with MTR, operator of Hong Kong that competes to take over the exploitation of this corridor when in 2026 is placed in service, according to the company railway.
The Spanish company has reached an agreement to collaborate as a partner with MTR within the consortium that this company leads in the competition for the West Coast Partnership (WCP) franchise, which will include the future exploitation of high-speed services (HS2) from of 2026 between London and Birmingham, in the West Midlands region, in its first phase.
The consortium led by MTR is completed by the Chinese operator Guangshen Railway Company (GSRC), which operates AVE lines in China.
The agreement provides that Renfe Contribute a key role as a subcontractor in the advice 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 of Spain, such as the case of Texas (USA).
Jeremy Long, CEO of MTR Europe, said: "We have tried to find for our offer the best and most up-to-date experience in high speed and Renfe he has it As operator of the most extensive high-speed network in Europe, and still in expansion, Renfe has an unbeatable knowledge on how to put new high-speed lines into service ".
For his part, Manel Villalante, general director of Strategy of Renfe, affirms that from the company they are "delighted with the opportunity to contribute our knowledge to the United Kingdom to help launch the HS2. Together with our experience in the growing Spanish network and the rest of the agreements we have outside of Spain, this agreement shows the ambition of Renfe for staying as a leader in high-speed rail. "
In addition to MTR and Renfe, the Chinese operator Guangshen Railway Company (GSRC), which operates high-speed lines in China, participates in the MTR West Coast Partnership consortium. Competing for this franchise consortia, according to the Department of Transport of the British Government, "in which experts from the United Kingdom work with companies that operate high speed around the world and are supported by businesses with an excellent record in customer services."