Alpha Trains is developing rail freight transport in Spain

Marketa Horpeniakova, Published on 14/03/2023
Alpha Trains is developing rail freight transport in Spain

Rail & Truck Strait Union (RTSU) and Alpha Trains have signed a long-term finance lease agreement for 7 Stadler EURO6000 locomotives.

Alpha Trains has acquired a new customer in Spain - Rail & Truck Strait Union (RTSU). RTSU was established by CMA CGM (through Continental Rail), Eco Rail, and Marcotran specifically for the operation of the rail highway. This line will enable the sustainable and intermodal transport of goods from Algeciras in southern Spain, one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean, to Zaragoza in the north of the peninsula and later to Europe. It estimates that the 'autopista ferroviaria Algeciras-Zaragoza' will reduce emissions by more than 94 000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Alpha Trains has agreed on a long-term finance lease with RTSU for seven Stadler EURO6000 locomotives to complement the four Stadler EURO4001 locomotives on operating lease.

“We are delighted to have concluded this transaction with RTSU with a leasing solution tailored made to RTSU's needs and with the financial support of the subsidies granted to RTSU by the Spanish Ministry of Transport. The agreement demonstrates our commitment to play a key role in the development and growth of the freight railway market in Spain and to maximize the use of the railway infrastructure,” said Fernando Pérez, Interim CEO of the Alpha Trains Group.

The EURO6000 locomotives will be manufactured at the Albuixech plant in Valencia and are scheduled for delivery between 2024 and 2025. These locomotives belong to Stadler's EURODUAL locomotive family and offer the highest hauling capacity on the European market, enabling the transport of longer and heavier trains, resulting in more profitable transport services. In 2020, Alpha Trains ordered its first Stadler EURO6000 locomotive and since then the number of EURO6000 locomotives in the Alpha Trains portfolio has increased to more than 50 locomotives.

“In line with our commitment to greener transport, the EURO6000 was designed to improve the profitability and sustainability of rail freight services. We are very proud of the opportunities that this locomotive offers to the market, such as the operation of new services like the Algeciras - Zaragoza rail motorway and congratulate Alpha Trains for facilitating its use with tailor-made leasing solutions. We are convinced that the EURO6000 will boost the modal shift from road to rail in the Iberian Peninsula,” commented Iñigo Parra, CEO of Stadler Valencia.



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