Ouigo postpones the “low cost” high-speed train between Alicante and Madrid until 2022
Ouigo, the low-cost subsidiary of the national railway company SNCF, will hire twelve drivers and thirty cabin staff for its rail service. high speed between Madrid and Valencia. The company, as El Economista advanced yesterday, The line connecting Atocha and Joaquín Sorolla stations will be put into service before the end of the year and postponed early 2022 the link between the capital of Spain and Alicante. Ouigo (a name that is a pun between the French “yes” and the English “go”) started competing with Renfe for passenger transport in May on the line between Madrid and Barcelona. The operator of the French capital offers tickets on high-speed trains between Madrid and Barcelona from 9 euros. Ouigo will move forward in the link between the Community and Madrid at the Valencian Ilsa (Air Nostrum firm and the Italian Trenitalia) and Avlo (low-cost subsidiary of Renfe).
The French operator will use Alstom Euroduplex double-decker trains on the Valence line. These trains are those used by the company in France and are being transformed to be able to run on the Spanish high-speed rail network. The vehicles of the French company reach 320 kilometers per hour. Each convoy has 509 seats and the firm offers XL seats, larger than normal, for an additional nine euros. In the long term, for periods of high demand such as the Fallas, two trains can be connected to cover the same route with a supply of 1,018 seats.
The first low cost private AVE arrives in Alicante in December with three services per day with Madrid
The company has already started the process of selecting the twelve pilots. Once the hiring is completed, you will train them in their daily work in Alstom’s Euroduplexes. In addition, in the coming weeks, he will undertake the recruitment of around thirty Cabin Crew Members, who will be in charge – among other functions – of the cafeteria service.
The French company has completed safety tests to operate its trains between Madrid and Valencia and is awaiting final approval to start the line. In the case of Alicante, the security system used is different and requires a longer approval period.
Ouigo was born in 2013 as a low-cost subsidiary of French Renfe and has since carried more than sixty million passengers on high-speed trains. In 2018, the company created the Spanish division (which is 100% owned by SNFC) with the aim of starting operations as soon as the Spanish market is liberalized, scheduled for the end of 2020. However, the pandemic has forced it to postpone its operations. plans and began service on May 10.
Ouigo launches its first Madrid-Barcelona high-speed train
The service between Madrid and Barcelona has started with ten daily departures (five outward and five return) and a journey time of two hours and thirty minutes (the trains also make stops in Zaragoza and Tarragona). These ten frequencies represent a total of 5,090 places per day. Neither at Atocha nor in the other stations it currently uses (Zaragoza, Tarragona and Barcelona) are there counters. The company sells all of its tickets online.
The French company carried 300,000 passengers during its first two months of operation in Spain and achieved an occupancy rate of over 90%.
The low-cost subsidiary of Renfe started its activities on June 23 between Madrid and Barcelona. Avlo has yet to announce when he will join Valencia with Madrid.
La Valencienne Ilsa also works to provide a service
The Valencian Ilsa plans to start operating in the second half of 2022 with 16 daily frequencies between Valencia and Madrid. It will become the third high-speed operator in Spain after Renfe and the French company Ouigo, which began operating on May 10 on the Madrid-Barcelona route, and the first private operator to enter this market after the sector was liberated (Ouigo is French public capital). Ilsa is headquartered in Valencia and will create more than 250 jobs.