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This Monday, CAF begins the manufacturing of Renfe's new metric gauge trains


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This Monday, CAF begins the manufacturing of Renfe's new metric gauge trains


The train manufacturer CAF will begin manufacturing Renfe's new metric gauge trains this Monday at its Beasain factory in Guipuzcoa.

The Secretary of State for Transport and Sustainable Mobility, José Antonio Santano, will visit this factory today to attend, around 10:15 a.m., the cutting of sheet metal for the first trains.

The manufacturing includes the new Commuter trains committed to Cantabria and Asturias, after the problem with the measurements of the convoys and tunnels detected a year ago.

The first units of the renewed metric gauge fleet will begin to arrive in both autonomous communities in 2026, according to the forecasts managed by the Ministry of Transportation.

The new trains aim to increase energy efficiency and improve the reliability and accessibility of the rail service in both regions.

The Cantabrian president, María José Sáenz de Buruaga, and her counterpart from the Principality, Adrián Barbón, will also attend the ceremony to start manufacturing the trains, invited by the Ministry.

Buruaga will take advantage of the visit to demand that the commitments made with the region on the matter, included in the so-called 'Castellana Agreement', be fulfilled and advanced, and which among other things include free service for up to three years.

The objective of this Monday's event is to "kick off" the manufacturing of the trains, a process that begins with a "slight" delay, according to Buruaga.

Furthermore, they should have already arrived in the region, and now the forecast is for them to arrive in 2026, until there is a commitment to free the service.

This delay derives in part from the problem with the measurements of the units that had been initially designed, which would not fit through the tunnels of the Cercanías network, although they were never manufactured.

To solve this incident, they have had to be redesigned and they are starting to be manufactured now, within the framework of the new Commuter Plan. It is endowed with more than 1,500 million euros in total, which triples the investments of the previous one, and is already 30% executed, as recently announced by the Minister of Transport, Óscar Puente.