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Spain: Companies attempt to break Renfe’s monopoly

 |  October 13, 2015

Five Spanish companies, including Alsa and the Globalia group, have expressed their interest in entering the railroad market, and into direct competition against State-owned Renfe in the rail passenger transport business.

The five companies have secured licenses to operate rail services, and must now analyse the requirements set by the Development Ministry’s Order, published in the Official Gazette. The first phase of the plan would allow for one single operator to compete with Renfe along the Corredor a Levante train route.

The most recent order frees the companies from having to own all the material assets, such as trains and personnel, in order to make a bid for the contract, demanding instead a ‘compromise to purchase’ these assets in case of securing the contest.

Source: Expreso

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