THIS week the European Commission (EC) ordered Adif, the Spanish infrastructure manager, to return €141m to the government that it was granted for the construction of a high-speed railway test centre in southern Spain designed to be used for trains at speeds up to 520km/h because it was never built.
SPAIN's high-speed rail infrastructure manager Adif-AV registered a net loss of €361.3m in 2015, a 67% increase on the previous year and 28% over its own fiscal year budget, according to an official income statement presented to the Spanish government.
THE board of directors of Spanish national train operator Renfe held an extraordinary meeting on May 26 to modify the terms of its call for bids on a contract for the procurement of up to 30 high-speed trains, as a consequence of an appeal against the process won by Bombardier.
INTERNATIONAL passenger services between Spain and France will be "guaranteed" despite the critical financial situation of the high-speed line's concessionaire, according to Spain's minister of development and public works, Mrs Ana Pastor.
With several line extensions set to open this year and further projects underway, high-speed rail remains the major priority for the Spanish government's infrastructure budget. Fernando Puente charts recent developments and the next steps in Spain's high-speed story.
THE Barcelona metro network was extended by 20km on February 12 with the opening of the southern section of the automated Line 9 from Zona Universitària to El Prat International Airport, 10 years after construction began on the €2.9bn project.