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The first ILSA train arrives in Spain


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The company’s first ETR1000 on Spanish soil will begin its homologation process on the Figueras-Perpignan line.

6 september 2021. ILSA, the first private Spanish high-speed train operator, announces the arrival of its first train in Spain to start its homologation process. The company’s first ETR1000 model, partly manufactured in Spain, left the factory in Pistoia, Italy, last June, and from this week will begin testing on the Figueras-Perpignan line to carry out the homologation required for all the vehicles of the General Interest Railway Network (RFIG).

Once the first test period has been completed on this section, the train will continue the process on the Barcelona-Madrid, Madrid-Valencia and Madrid-Seville lines. Alongside the tests of this first model already on Spanish soil, ILSA plans the arrival of a further two trains before the end of the year. These additions will also participate in the homologation process, within the context of the planned and progressive deployment of its fleet: the only one in Spain made up entirely of new trains.

Specifically, the Figueras-Perpignan section, where the homologation will begin, covers 44.4 km, is the so-called ‘international section’ and meets all the technical specifications of European railway interoperability, connecting Spain with France and the rest of Europe.

ILSA has invested 1 billion euros in its initial fleet of brand new, state-of-the-art trains, developed by Hitachi Rail in partnership with Bombardier Transportation (now Alstom Group). Manufacture is taking place between Italy and Spain: specifically, its propulsion systems are manufactured entirely at Bombardier’s plant in Trápaga (Bizkaia), while its assembly and fine tuning is performed at Hitachi Rail’s factory in Pistoia, near Florence.

The ETR1000 is the fastest, most sustainable and quietest train in Europe. It is an interoperable model in different European countries, has a length of 200 metres, capacity for up to 467 passengers and can reach commercial speeds of up to 360 kilometres per hour. It is also the first high-speed train in the world to have obtained an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) with quantified and verifiable information on its environmental impact of only 28 grams of CO2 per passenger and kilometre, and 95% of its materials are recyclable: two features that make it the most sustainable train on the market. In addition, in terms of safety, it incorporates the most advanced speed control system: ERTMS/ETCS.

Known as the Frecciarossa 1000, it features an interior designed to provide passengers with the greatest possible comfort: wide aisles, ergonomic and extra roomy seats, noise and vibration isolation, and the ability to provide state-of-the-art 5G connectivity.

ILSA, owned by Air Nostrum shareholders and Trenitalia, expects to start operations in the second half of 2022 and will represent 30% of the high-speed market in Spain. Initially, the company will connect Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza, Alicante, Cordoba and Malaga, and, once this stage has been completed, it plans to offer other routes in Spain, and, in the medium-term, explore its internationalisation in Europe.


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