MADRID, Spain - Yesterday morning, at 10.25 am Central European Time (CET), the inaugural service of iryo departed from Madrid to Valencia. iryo is the first privately owned high-speed rail operator in Spain.
Its brand-new trains are yet another example of commercially driven Open Access long-distance services that focus upon sustainability, service and lower fares, leading to faster modal shift to rail.
Six years of hard work - and a private investment of many hundreds of millions of euros - came to fruition yesterday morning with the launch of iryo’s new high-speed trains in Spain.
Destinations will be introduced on a rolling basis, and by June 2023 iryo will be serving Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Valencia, Sevilla, Málaga, Córdoba, Alicante and Cuenca as well as some intermediate towns such as Albacete. Furthermore, iryo has a long-term vision for cross-border routes.
ALLRAIL’s Secretary General Nick Brooks was on the first service. He said: “It is great to see how commercially driven Open Access services - such as iryo – are making long-distance rail more attractive and winning travellers away from less sustainable transport modes, namely airlines and cars.”
There needs to be competition between different operators on all high-speed rail routes in Europe. Companies like iryo are the Future of Passenger Rail.