The Rail Market in Spain and Portugal - 2012


Spain’s national railway system is one of the most modern in Europe, with the continent’s most extensive high-speed network and a transformed rolling stock fleet. Despite the national budget concerns that have made headlines internationally, more significant spending is planned, especially to expand the high-speed system.
Regional and urban passenger rail systems also continue to benefit from a modernisation and expansion of facilities, in many cases thanks to initiatives by authorities in Spain’s 17 autonomous communities.
Economic conditions in Portugal have led to the abandonment of plans to construct high-speed lines but there are encouraging signs in several cities where investments are being made in urban rail transport.
This report provides a concise overview of the structure of the countries’ main line and regional rail transport markets. It summarises the political, budgetary and regulatory environment in which the network functions. It also lists all train operators active in Spain and Portugal as at July 2012, ranging from national operators to regional passenger and open access freight companies.
Current and planned major infrastructure projects are listed and information is provided covering existing rolling stock fleets and procurement plans.
The report also provides a summary of all current rail-based urban transport systems in both countries, covering metro, light rail and tram systems and including system development plans.
Website addresses are included for most undertakings to assist further research.