Renfe signed up to sup­port MTR’s West Coast bid

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MTR has joined forces with Span­ish state op­er­a­tor Renfe on its West Coast Part­ner­ship (WCP) bid.

The Span­ish com­pany has been ap­pointed as a sub-con­trac­tor, and will seek to use its ex­per­tise in in­tro­duc­ing new high-speed lines into traf­fic. Renfe is cur­rently the part­ner in the de­vel­op­ment of a new high-speed line in Texas.

The suc­cess­ful win­ner of the WCP fran­chise will op­er­ate HS2 for the first four years of its ex­is­tence. The part­ner­ship also in­cludes GSRC, which op­er­ates high-speed lines in China.

“We have sought to bring the best and most up-to-date high speed ex­per­tise into our bid - we be­lieve Renfe has that,” said Jeremy Long, CEO - MTR, Eu­ro­pean Busi­ness.

“With Europe’s largest high­speed net­work and sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion plans, Renfe has un­ri­valled knowl­edge of how to bring new high-speed lines into ser­vice in Europe.”

Manel Vil­lalante, Strat­egy Gen­eral Man­ager of Renfe, said: “With our ex­pand­ing net­work in Spain and part­ner­ships else­where in the world, this shows Renfe’s am­bi­tions to re­main a leader in high speed rail.”

Renfe claims 36 mil­lion pas­sen­gers used its high-speed ser­vices in 2017, and that the av­er­age com­mer­cial speed of its ser­vices in its na­tive Spain is 138mph, faster than in Ja­pan and France.

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