Palma.—Technicians have already started tests on the newly electrified line, regional Environment and Territory Minister Biel Company confirmed yesterday.

Company was visiting Palma Central station to see the new installations and the control hub for himself.
The Minister was then taken on a trip from Palma as far as Marratxi in one of the new electric trains. Company said that the costs for this modernisation of the Majorcan Railway Service were included in an agreement signed between the Balearic and Central Governments in 2008.

He said that 30 million euros has been spent on the electrification works between Palma and Inca and that five units of three-car rolling stock had been purchased at a cost of 4'322'000 euros.

Another three units of four-car rolling stock had meant a further 5'756'000 euros disappearing from the budget of the signed agreement.
Tests on the line will be continuing through December, Company said so that the new electrified service will be up and running for the public in January.

Last October, Majorcan Railway Services (SFM) awarded a maintenance contract for the electric train to a joint venture company Vimac, S.A.-Construcciones Llabres Feliu, SLO.

The new trains, said SFM yesterday, will mean an improved service for passengers in terms of comfort, convenience and speed.
The electric trains are also considerably quieter than their diesel counterparts.
Company said that four million people a year use the Majorcan Railway Service and that a further 1.5 million a year use the Metro.

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