The Rail Market in Spain and Portugal 2010


Thanks to a recent period of sustained investment, Spain’s national railway system is one of the most modern in Europe, with a growing high-speed network and a transformed rolling stock fleet. More significant spending is planned.

Regional and urban passenger rail systems also continue to benefit from a modernisation and expansion of facilities, in many cases supported by strong devolved government.

In Portugal attention is focused on plans to construct high-speed lines that will link the country to the European network.

This report provides a concise overview of the structure of  both countries’ main line and regional rail transport markets. It summarises the political, budgetary and regulatory environment in which the network functions. It also lists all train operators active in Spain and Portugal as at February 2010, ranging from national operators to regional passenger and open access freight companies.

Current and planned major infrastructure projects are listed and information is provided covering existing rolling stock fleets and known procurement intentions.

The report also provides a summary of all current rail-based urban transport systems in both countries, covering metro, light rail and tram systems and including system development plans.

Website addresses are included for most undertakings to assist further research.