Spain's new high speed service Eva is set to transform rail travel

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Renfe Eva

SPAIN: The Minister of Public Works Íñigo de la Serna has presented the new Renfe Smart Train concept Eva, a product that will combine high speed, digitalisation, flexible & personalised fare system, and a door-to-door service.

The high speed rail service will operate five services a day between Madrid Atocha and the new El Prat de Llobregat intermodal hub near Barcelona Airport, with one intermediate stop at Camp de Tarragona.

Renfe's Madrid-Barcelona high speed route is about to celebrate its 10th year anniversary and the new concept Eva will optimise the high speed product to suit more travellers and complete Renfe's product portfolio in commercial services.

According to the Minister, Eva will be a low cost high speed service, a Smart Train designed with new technologies in mind and aimed for the sector of the population that still today choses to drive - small groups, young people and families.

Eva will be 20-25% cheaper than the regular high speed rail service and will have only a digital ticket which will also integrate other transport modes such as taxi, commuter rail, metro, bus or rental car. Biometrics will be used for passenger identification. Eva will offer a 100% connected trip with wifi, journey location and passenger information services via augmented reality.

In addition the trains will be designed to adapt to different types of travel, with spaces for mini-groups of two, four or six people, special assistance passengers and more areas to work.

The El Prat station is predicted to open in 2019 and will also offer better opportunities for modal integration with air as well as park-and-ride facilities.