New Avlo train now runs from Madrid-Barcelona

Avlo, Renfe’s new high-speed service, was launched last week with four daily circulations between Madrid and Barcelona in each direction. It is a lower-priced alternative to the Ave high-speed trains, ​with prices starting at 7 euros each way.

The first Avlo train departed on June 23 from the Figueres-Vilafant station at 5:35 hours to Madrid – Puerta de Atocha. The launch was initially scheduled for April 6, 2020 , but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus. In the opposite direction, the first train departed at 6:20 am from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha bound for Barcelona-Sants.

From June 23, Renfe offers a total of 40 daily trains (20 per direction) and 16,000 seats to travel between Madrid and Barcelona on Ave or Avlo trains. The new Avlo service will have stops in all the cities of the Northeast Corridor: Madrid, Guadalajara, Calatayud, Zaragoza, Lleida, Tarragona, Barcelona, Girona and Figueres. The daily circulations may be expanded throughout the year depending on the evolution of demand.

Rail liberalisation

Spain’s Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalos, pointed out that the new service inaugurates a new time for the railroad in Spain, in which high-speed rail is in reach of all citizens. He also alluded to the liberalisation of the railway sector which, added to the recovery agenda, places rail transport at the center of innovation and sustainability policies.

Ábalos added that liberalisation will make the most of Spain’s high-speed infrastructures, and that competition in national travel transport will benefit society as a whole. Ouigo Spain, a subsidiary of the french SNCF, started operation in May this year following the railway market opening.

The interior of the Avlo high-speed trains

Highest passenger capacity

Avlo is Renfe’s high-speed service with the highest passenger capacity, with 438 seats per train. It has 20 percent more seats than those of the current 112 series trains, and is capable of reaching 330 kilometres per hour. The trains run fully on electricity from renewable sources, states Renfe.

The sale of tickets is managed through a dynamic system that ‘offers the best price available at all times for the requested rate’. Customers can add additional services to their trip such as seat selection, ticket changes or cancellations, and additional luggage.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor of RailTech.com

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