By John Smith • 30 August 2021 • 14:27
President Armengol announced the purchase
Credit: Balearic Government
MALLORCA is to purchase five new electric trains at a cost of €54.6 million according to an announcement by Balearic President, Francina Armengol.
Each of the trains will consist of four coaches and will be added to the current fleet of 19 trains of Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM) and allowing the company to eventually improve frequency on the lines that connect Palma with Sa Pobla and Manacor.
Currently there is an hourly service but the President said that this will be cut to 30 minutes during peak times, offering a much quicker service to commuters.
With the earlier electrification of the lines, it is the Government plan to encourage more users to use public transport and thus remove cars from the road.
Some 90 per cent of the cost of these trains will be covered by the REACT-EU funds, set up by the European Commission to assist economic recovery as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
Commenting on the decision to purchase the trains, Minister of Mobility, Josep Marí observed “It is clear that for the European Union, as well as for the Balearic Government and the Government of Spain, sustainable mobility is a priority.”
Approval to put this requirement to tender has been received from the Governing Council and it is expected that the trains would be ready within 26 months of approval of any contract so that they would be delivered to Mallorca by the end of 2023 and enter service, following testing, by the middle of 2024.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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