The project of installing wifi on stations will start in June in Barcelona and Getafe.

The Government has made the development of the network of nearby, one of the most used by the Spanish public  transport services but low economic profitability, in its new commitment to the infrastructure sector during the last phase of the legislature. The Minister of development, Ana Pastor, advanced that the Government will conduct an investment until 2018 1257.7  million euros to boost this means of transport., which sill be allocated both to the improvement of infrastructure and trains. According to the owner of this ministerial  department, it is the largest investment that has rushed into nearby since the beginning of the service two decades ago.

The President of RENFE, Pablo Vàzquez, had already pointed out that it completed, nest to ADIF (the administered railway infrastructure), a national plant to improve the quality of the service of urban train, carrying 400 million passengers each year. The railway operator had marked as a reference model of the high speed train, so suburban trains "work as wll as the AVE".

In particular, according to specified the Minister in its intervention during "Forum five days" ADIF will invest 1.00,4 million euros and RENFE, 257.3 million. The new plan will include the Elimination of steps to level, modernization of the trains, new payment systems and the installation of wifi on stations. The list that will have networks if wireless internet, starting from the moth on June, will be the Plaça de Catalunya, in Barcelona, and Getafe, starting form the month, they will spread in the rest of Spain.

These improvements will be supplemented by the reinforcement of information panels, the renewal of the PA system and new mobile applications to meet timetables, trains traffic, and even purchase tickets. It will also create a loyalty card.

Increase traffic promotion is confident that all these measures will allow you to increase the number of travellers by 22 million. Last year, these services received 405.3 million travellers, the lowest figure since 2005, according to statistics from the Ministry of public works. Cities, most of the investment will focus a Barcelona (400 million), which has 3500.000 users a day. Madrid meanwhile, which accounted for 800.00 daily passengers will receive an invest of 167 million. The PSOE denies that he Endowment is the largest historical series, since in the 2008-2011 legislature-assures-was 2.519 million euros.

At the moment, in the whole of the railway network, both in urban services such as long-distance, passengers traffic continues to rise: during the first four months of the year, the number of users of commercial services grew 9.1% compared to the same period in 2014 and a 31.2% compared to 2011. A trend of progress on several fronts, which is also reflected in air traffic. In the first quarter, AENA airports 54.1 million passengers, 5.2% more than during the previous year. During the month of April, Barcelona El Prat airport is expected grow above 4%.

Shepherd also confirmed that the legal department of AENA and the Ministry of development study to appeal the decision of the National Commission of the markets and the competition (CNMC), which obliges the company to lowe rates between 2% and 3% from 2016.

Source: abc /  flytobarcelona/2015-05-07

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