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November 05, 2009

New trains for Barcelona-Vallès

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THE BOARD of Catalonian Government Railways (FGC) has approved the purchase 24 emus from a consortium of Alstom and CAF as part of a plan to eliminate life-expired rolling stock and increase capacity on the Barcelona-Vallès suburban network. The aluminium-bodied class 113 trains will be delivered over a 12-month period from the third quarter of 2013.
Catalonia's Passenger Transport Plan predicts that ridership on the Vallès network will increase by more than 30% over the next 10 years. In response, FGC is aiming to operate up to 40 trains per hour per direction on the urban section of the line by 2015, compared with 32 trains per hour per direction today. Currently FGC needs 35 trains for peak services, although the increased frequency will require the availability of up to 66 trains. To accommodate this, FGC plans to place a second order for an additional 20 class 113 trains in the near future.

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