High speed train to link Barcelona to Paris
by FFE EU News staff
Those travelling from Barcelona to Paris would have to switch trains in Figueras. But with the new high speed train set to open by mid-December, journey between the two cities will be direct and faster at six and a half hours.
Spanish and French rail companies Renfe and SCNF have made the direct route possible. Spanish Transport minister Ana Pastor said ‘Technicians are in the process of doing compatibility checks [on the lines] and if all goes well, the first train should depart on December 15th.’
The minister added that the ticket reservation service will be launched once the two companies forge an agreement. Last October, SCNF revealed that more high speed rail links are planned from Barcelona to Lyon, Marseilles and Toulouse before the year ends.
The two companies still plan to cut down the Barcelona-Paris journey time to 5 hours and 35 minutes once the track between Perpignan and Nîmes is upgraded to high speed status.
Official announcement of the launching of the Barcelona-Paris line is expected to be made on the 27th of November.
In 2010, Spain beat France in terms of kilometres of high speed rails installed. Spain comes second to China worldwide.