Euskal Trenbide Sarea invested 408 million euros in 2010 in the construction of new railway infrastructures, the highest investment figure in the body’s history
In 2010, Euskal Trenbide Sarea, a public body attached to the Department for Housing, Public Works and Transport, invested a total of 408 million euros in the improvement of the existing railway network and the construction of new infrastructures with the objective of positioning the Basque Country at the forefront of the most advanced and evolved European models for transporting people and goods via rail
This represents the highest investment figure in the history of the ETS, representing an increase of 86% with regards to the amount invested in 2009 (220 million). Moreover, this huge investment effort made by the Basque Government will contribute to the improvement of public rail transport in the short and mid-term, whilst bolstering economic activity.
Investment made by the ETS in 2010 contributed to the creation of 1576 direct and 850 indirect job positions, according to the estimates of our technical personnel. That is, a total of 2400 families now have a source of income deriving from the construction of rail infrastructures.
Thus, the impetus provided by Patxi López's Government to the construction of the Gipuzkoa branch line of the New Y Vasca Railway Network is particularly significant. In 2010, 167 million euros were invested in the execution of the construction work, representing an increase of 234% with regards to 2009 (50 million euros).
ETS is expanding
In 2010, ETS initiated an international advisory stage with regards to the drawing up of policies to implement metro or tram systems, taking advantage of the technical knowledge acquired over several years in the construction of the Bilbao metro, the trams of Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz and the improvement of the network in general.
Thus, in 2010 the body collaborated with a number of Basque engineers, drawing up, amongst other actions, the plan for the exploitation of the Medellín Tram (Colombia) or proposing offers for the drafting of studies in countries such as Kuwait and Algeria.
Furthermore, over the course of the last budgetary year, ETS signed an agreement with Eusko Trenbideak and the company BZK Ferroviaria, positioned within the engineering section of the CAF Group, for the joint development of a project focusing for the recovery of the kinetic energy produced by carriages and trains.
The main objective of the initiative promoted by Iñaki Arriola's ministry is to facilitate the possibility of taking advantage of the brake energy generated by EuskoTren carriages, which could be employed by other units on the same line or returned to the network.