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.