Renfe will create the state-owned trading company Renfe International Projects. The constitution of the new area must be approved by the Board of Directors of Renfe Operadora, where its organisational structure will also be defined, as well as the incorporation of the different businesses that make up Renfe’s international activity.
Renfe’s 2019-2023-2028 Strategic Plan set the company’s expansion internationally as its objective. To this end, in addition to high-speed projects, Renfe is studying Open Access or Public Service Obligation projects in other markets, both in Europe and in the rest of the world.
Currently, the company participates in international projects in Europe, where it is the majority shareholder of the Czech operator Leo Express, as well as in the Rail Baltica project, in consortium with DB and Ineco, for the operation of the railway line that will link the three Baltic capitals with each other, and with the European rail network.
In addition, Renfe recently began testing its AVE trains that will run between Spain and France, specifically on the Barcelona-Lyon and Madrid-Marseille lines. Currently, Renfe has obtained the certificate to exclusively operate the lines to Lyon and Marseille, where it plans to start commercial services before the summer, and continues to develop the work to obtain the Safety Certificate to operate throughout France.
Likewise, Renfe is part of the consortium of companies that has built and operates the high-speed line between Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, called the Haramain High Speed Railway.
On the American continent, the company is a strategic partner of the Texas Central company to jointly develop the ‘Bullet Train’ project between the cities of Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, and also participates in the consortium with Ineco and DB Engineering & Consulting to develop the ‘Maya Train’ project in Mexico, in which Renfe will be the shadow operator under a contract signed with the National Tourism Promotion Fund.