January 20, 2017

Spanish high-speed ridership reaches 35 million

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PASSENGER numbers on high-speed services in Spain rose by 5.4% to reach a record 35.21 million in 2016, according to annual ridership figures published by national train operator Renfe on January 18.

Ridership on AVE long-distance services rose by 4.8% to 20.4 million, while Avant medium-distance high-speed services carried 7.4 million passengers, a 10% increase. A further 7.4 million passengers travelled on other long-distance services using a mixture of high-speed and conventional infrastructure (primarily Alvia services).

Overall Renfe ridership increased by 1.5% to 474.4 million. In addition to high-speed, Cercanías commuter services also saw growth, with ridership increasing 1.5% to 410 million.

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