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'AVLO', the low-cost AVE link, revealed: Purple trains with no VIP or buffet cars
11 December 2019 @ 18:37

SPAIN'S high-speed AVE rail link is about to launch a 'low-cost' version – as reported earlier this autumn – which will be called the 'AVLO', according to transport board RENFE.

Unlike the mainstream AVE trains, which are white, the 'AVLO' will be purple, and as tickets are much cheaper, will not have a buffet car or VIP coaches.

The first of these, says acting minister for public works José Luis Ábalos, will hit the track on April 6, coinciding with Easter, and operate what is currently the busiest rail – and road and air – route in Spain: the Madrid-Barcelona stretch.

It will also serve Zaragoza, Spain's fifth-largest city and the capital of the north-eastern region of Aragón.

Tickets will go on sale before the end of January.

Ábalos says the 'AVLO' will eventually roll out to the rest of the AVE network across Spain, which includes Sevilla-Madrid and Valencia-Madrid, but exact launch dates have not been revealed.

It will have 20% more seats than the AVE, and is aimed at 'families, young people and other groups who only use the high-speed rail link very occasionally'.

At present, a total of 511 million passenger seats are taken up on Spain's rail network every year – the equivalent of the entire population of the European Union or nearly 11 times that of Spain – and of these, 22 million, or the equivalent of nearly half Spain's headcount, are on the express AVE lines.



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