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Compromís calls on the Government to anticipate the launch of the “low cost” AVE in the Community


Image of an Avlo parked in Puerta de Atocha

Image of an Avlo parked in Puerta de Atocha
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The senator Carles Mulet has called on the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda to also implement the train concept in Alicante, València and Castellón “low cost”, so that Valencian travelers can benefit from a service with more frequencies and more affordable prices. “The dynamics of line dismantling and the concentration of supply on the AVE has left territories with few frequencies and an excessively expensive and prohibitive supply for many families. At present, the offer is not modulated for all users and ticket prices are elitist ”, the Compromís spokesperson indicated.

For this reason, the training insists on knowing the deadlines and forecasts for the implementation of the new brand AVLO after the Government, which has decided to prioritize on the line Madrid-Zaragoza-Tarragona-Barcelona-Girona-Figueres, do not specify dates, frequencies and prices in your responses to the coalition. For Mulet “this low cost concept must be implemented in the area of ​​the third metropolitan area and generally improve its communications, both with the main cities and with those around them, such as Teruel, Cuenca or with the coastal regions of Alacant with the Train of the Coast ”.

The senator recalled the need for the Spanish company to improve the service and recover the thousands of users it has lost in recent years as a result of, according to Mulet, poor service. “Especially at the gates of the arrival of competition from foreign companies, the company must reflect on the sustainability of its prices in the face of a new economic scenario and the Government abandon once and for all.or egocentric policy that Spain is Madrid and that everything should benefit the center, policies that predate the rest of the territories and weaken the economy and competitiveness of the peripheral territories ”, he indicated.

Mulet recalls that “by A or by B the different initiatives always reinforce Madrid and this is not by chance.” The coalition will insist on investment justice throughout the country, on the recovery of the conventional train network and on the execution of the Mediterranean corridor that communicates the East of the peninsula and its ports, which entails a significant delay in its execution.

The reduction in mobility caused by covid has delayed a year the commissioning AVE service “low cost”, private and public, in the corridor Alicante-Madrid-Valencia originally scheduled for this spring, but has been postponed until 2022, according to the plans of the operator Ouigo, the white label of the French SNCF, which starts the route on May 9 Madrid-Zaragoza-Tarragona-Barcelona with tickets from 9 euros each way in their double cabin trains. Nor has Renfe moved a file yet, and it does not have an official date for the start of the circulation of the Avlo, with which the public company will compete with the French and Italian operators. Ouigo will begin in May with ten daily services in the Madrid-Barcelona corridor, to continue expanding the destinations until reaching 30 daily departures when it incorporates its trains to the corridors with València, Alicante, Córdoba, Seville and Malaga.

Ouigo will operate with 14 Almston trains adapted to the Spanish network. The double-decker trains will have 509 seats, in addition to on-board service and a cafeteria, an equipment that Renfe has limited due to the impact of the pandemic. SNCF is also training train drivers specialized in freight trains so that these trains face their incorporation into the Mediterranean Corridor. The French state company lands in Spain with an aggressive commercial campaign. To start with, you have prepared a special introductory offer. Its website is already open and the first 10,000 people who registered enjoyed the one-euro banknotes.

For his part, Renfe Avlo it will be a “smart train” in which costs can be reduced thanks to the use of new technologies and the personalization of services. The approach is similar to the business model of low-cost airlines. Reduce general services and charge them if the passenger requests them. Pay for the transport of larger suitcases or the choice of seats, which will be cheaper depending on your location (window, aisle, direction of travel). Something that has already been incorporated, for example, by Renfe with the “table” rate. Another factor that will allow lower rates on these trains is the increase in capacity, which will go from the four seats per row that AVE trains have in tourist class to five seats.

Renfe planned to have launched the “low cost” service in April 2020 to anticipate competition from operators that were going to enter the AVE network in December of that year, when train transport was liberalized throughout the entire region. EU. In the case of Renfe, it was going to start operating the Avlo with an offer of three daily frequencies in each direction between Madrid and Barcelona, ​​to which it would add a fourth in May. However, the effective entry of Renfe’s competitors is also currently conditioned by the evolution of the pandemic.

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