Renfe prepare new seats for Rodalies of Catalonia. As reported by the Generalitat, it is already has finished the renovation of the seats of a first train which will serve as a prototype to check the quality of the new material. From here, it is expected that the improvements will be implemented in the rest of the Catalan suburban park when the new model has passed all relevant evidence.
One of the main differences that have been announced with respect to the previous model of seats is that those of the latest prototype are upholstered with recyclable leather. As indicated by the administration, the material that has been used is much more sustainable, since it will save thousands of tons of leather waste. In addition, the final product is plastic-free and uses 90% less water than traditional leather manufacturing.
With the new update, Renfe hopes that the improvements will “increase the comfort of its customers during travel”. It has also been reported that the new material will optimize cleaning tasks.
📢Renfe completes the renovation of six of the first Rodalies train
🚆L’entapissat is made of recyclable leather; the process estalvia tones de deixalles i uses 90% menys d’aigua 🌍
📌The final product did not count plastic and facilitates neteja and repair
— Rodalies Catalunya (@rodalies) March 10, 2022
The improvement of seats on commuter trains in Catalonia is part of the plan ‘Transformem Rodalies‘, which includes other actions such as the implementation of multimedia screens in stations.
According to the first approximation, Renfe estimates that the renewal of seats on the ‘Civia’ model trains will mean one million euros investment.