Spain’s government approved a series of structural reforms of the transport sector, including the liberalisation of rail passenger transport market, Public Works Minister Ana Pastor announced on June 13. By ending RENFE’s monopoly in the long-distance railway passenger market, the Government expects a better range of services, more competitive prices, the increase of rail transport usage and the optimisation of RENFE’s management.
The rail passenger operator licence will allow the private operator to provide rail passenger services in competition with Renfe, for a determined perioud of 7 years. The route to be opened up to competition is the network of conventional & high speed lines Levante (from Madrid to Cuenca, Albacete, Valencia, Alicante and Murcia),
The new operator may determine the frequency of its services and prices freely and may enter into a rolling stock leasing contract with RENFE-Sociedad de Alquiler de Material Ferroviario, while creating its own rolling stock fleet.
Public Works Minister Ana Pastor presentation http://www.fomento.gob.es/NR/rdonlyres/09E1175B-72AB-4C25-8AAD-23190D75E7D2/125374/140613Liberalizaci%C3%B3naenaentradaCapitalPrivadoCM.pdf