Iryo begins to operate the AVE Madrid-Barcelona without stopping in Camp de Tarragona
The Iryo trains will pass by the Camp de Tarragona station, since for the moment the company has excluded this stop from the Madrid-Barcelona route, which will start operating from next November 25, and which will mean its take-off in the high speed market. As can be seen on the ticket sales portal and confirmed by the company itself, Iryo will only provide its services to travelers who use the start and end stations of the route, stopping only in the city of Zaragoza.
Iryo affirms that for the future "nothing is ruled out". In fact, on the website of the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) it can be verified that the operator has submitted its request for Adif to authorize it to operate its services from La Secuita-Perafort station. Although this same document already specifies that the company "intends to operate intermediate stops residually on certain daily routes." And then he adds that these stops will be scheduled "to the extent that they do not reduce or harm the capacity of the train, which would be primarily dedicated to the operation of the complete lines."
You will have to wait for Adif rule on the matter, taking into account the capacity of the line. However, for an Iryo convoy to stop at the Camp de Tarragona platforms, there is still a long way to go, since the request made by the company only affects the period from July 15 to August 31.
Iryo's entry opens a new stage in the process of liberalization of the railway sector, which began on December 14, 2020, and that in the Madrid-Barcelona corridor has aroused fierce competition. This will be the third company to offer its services between the Spanish and Catalan capitals, a market opening that came at the least opportune moment, with a pandemic that left mobility at a minimum and now costs on the electricity bill that make it difficult to results accounts of a service already in deficit. Despite this, Renfe He assures that the Camp de Tarragona station "is a key enclave" for the company and, in this sense, points out that "since the arrival of high speed, new travel opportunities have gradually been incorporated for the inhabitants of this area".
In addition to the services of AVE Y forward, last year the trains were incorporated Hellothe brand low cost Renfe, which entered the market months after the arrival of hear. Renfe's spokesman, Antonio Carmona, defends that "railroad liberalization will bring new opportunities for citizens when it comes to travel", while assuring that it will be an "opportunity" for the company to "continue improving the service and obviously reinforce its commitment to service from Camp de Tarragona». The number of annual passengers that the public operator sees from this station exceeds 800,000 travelers. On the other hand, Ouigo does not provide this data, as it ensures that it is "confidential". The price policy, with bills starting at nine euros, has been the door through which the French company focused its strategy from the beginning. And, in this sense, yesterday it stated that its entry into the market has led to a 50% reduction in the cost of tickets in this corridor. Iryo –which is owned by Air Nostrum, Globalvia and Trenitalia– defines itself as an “intermediate”, which seeks to reach the segment businesstourist and family.