Spanish railway companies set up new sector organisation

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Renfe, iryo, Euskotren and Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) have joined forces to set up the Spanish Association of Passenger Railway Companies, the companies announced on Thursday.

The association intends to promote and accelerate the shift of passenger traffic to rail. To that end it will also work to streamline regulation. The new group will be headed by iryo president Carlos Bertomeu, with Renfe general director Sonia Araujo serving as director general.

The first course of action will be to ensure measures that measures designed to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remain in place. Secondly, the association wants to work to adjust the current system of fees in an effort to reach 50 million travellers on high-speed trains per year. The partners also want to set energy saving regulation in motion and make the financing of rail infrastructure manager Adif future proof.

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