Information published on 28 April 2009 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 141.

Spain. The Spanish high speed train “AVE” Madrid- Sevilla celebrates its 17 years with a solidarity action

RENFE has carried more than 48.5 million passengers on the first Spanish high speed line Madrid-Sevilla since its inauguration on 21 April 1992. The number of trains running daily on the line has increased from the twelve to 140 (including trains to Málaga, Toledo, etc.) and operate with a maximum speed of 300 km/h with a punctuality 99,2 %

RENFE celebrated this day with a solidarity action; for each ticket sold on 21 April for travelling between Madrid and Sevilla, 2 euros have been allocated to a project called “A train of value for a better world”. This project is part of of Renfe’s strategy on Social Responsibility with the goal to raise awareness on the benefits of rail transport for society.

In addition, RENFE invited all customers to participate in the project by sending an SMS with the message "VALORES AVE “. The money collected will go to 12 projects involving NGOs and international agencies. Those who sent a message will participate in a lottery and can win a trip to learn more about the project of WWF/Spain “Restoring the banks of Doñana” one of Europe’s most important wetland reserves and a major site for migrating birds that suffered from an ecological disaster in 1998.

For more information on “A train of value for a better world”: http://www.renfe.es/rse/untrendevalores (in Spanish)