iryo, the first private high-speed rail operator in Spain, today launches

The inaugural service of iryo, the first private high-speed rail operator in Spain, will depart today from Madrid to Valencia.

Delivered by a consortium between the Spanish airline Air Nostrum, the railway company Trenitalia, one of the great European leaders in rail transport with extensive experience in the operation of high-speed lines and the leaders of Globalvia in the management of concessions transport infrastructure and mobility services, iryo will provide services in Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Alicante, Cordoba, Malaga and Seville.

ALLRAIL, the Alliance of New Entrants to Passenger Rail in Europe, General Secretary Nick Brooks will be on the first service today. He said: “It’s great to see how commercially oriented Open Access services – such as iryo – are making long-distance rail more attractive and driving travelers away from less sustainable modes of transport, namely airlines and cars.

There must be competition between the different operators on all high-speed rail routes in Europe. Companies like iryo are the future of passenger rail transport.

The destinations will be introduced gradually and by June 2023, iryo will serve Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Zaragoza, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Cordoba, Alicante and Cuenca as well as some intermediate cities such as Albacete. Ultimately, iryo has a long-term vision of cross-border roads.

Hitachi-Bombardier ETR 1000 trains will cover the line and are considered the fastest, most modern and most durable trains in Europe. Completely silent, the vehicles reach 360 kilometers per hour.

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Jose P. Rogers