GPO, A TYLin Company, was awarded in consortium with Metropolitano de Tenerife with the commissioning, precommissioning, and operation services for the Tram-Train that runs from Chiclana to San Fernando in Cádiz, Spain.
The contract includes the comprehensive development of the dynamic testing phase, the training of future drivers, operators and sales agents, as well as the required regulations and certifications for the commissioning of the new railway system. The tram-train line has been described by the European Commission as being 42% quicker than the train and 26% faster than taking a car. It is projected to reduce 97% in traffic injuries and 75% in road deaths.
The new railway line is 14 km long. It has 16 stops and runs from Chiclana de la Frontera to San Fernando. There is an 11 km section which travels on the current conventional line (RFIG) and stops at the five current stations which drive to the capital Cádiz. The circulation speed is set around 30 km/h.
With an approximated investment of 220 million €, this is the first tram-train line in Spain, whose rolling stock units have been designed and manufactured to meet both circulation requirement types.
The line has the potential to decrease CO2 emissions 7,000 tonnes each year.
Over 230,000 inhabitants who live within 500 metres of the line are expected to benefit.