Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Togo : will president Faure Gnassingbe win a third 5-year term ?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Controversy reigns 100 years after the Armenian genocide

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Migrant Deaths: Politicians Divided after Emergency EU Summit

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The G-Word: Turkey and the Armenian Genocide

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

What will the new French healthcare bill change?

Read more

#TECH 24

Space Special: Happy Birthday, Hubble!

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Meeting Marseille's Armenian community

Read more

REPORTERS

Saving French soldiers' WWI trench carvings

Read more

ENCORE!

Armenia, 100 years on

Read more

Europe

French high-speed rail crosses Pyrenees for first time

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-12-20

The prospect of travelling from Paris to Barcelona by train in less than five hours is finally within reach, after a stretch of high-speed rail between France and Spain was opened on Sunday.

French TGV trains will cross the Pyrenees for the first time after a new high-speed rail line to Figueras was opened for business on Sunday.

The 44 km stretch of new line for the moment extends only as far as Figueras, just south of the border from the French city of Perpignan.
 
Spain uses a different gauge system to France and the line is still being extended to Barcelona. It should be completed by early 2013.
 
When it is finished, passengers will be able to go from Paris to the Catalan capital in 5.30 hours.
 
Until then, the journey will take 7.20 hours because of the change at Figueras, although that is still some two hours faster than before.
 
French and Spanish rail authorities estimate that by 2020 the journey time from Paris to Barcelona will be 4.30 hours as improvements are made to the existing high-speed lines in south-west France.
 
The passenger service will be run jointly by French operator SNCF and its Spanish counterpart Renfe.
 
Freight trains will begin to use the new line as of next week. The inauguration of the route for TGV passenger services is scheduled for mid-January.
 
 
 

 

Date created : 2010-12-20

  • RAIL TRANSPORT

    Thousands protest new high-speed link between France and Italy

    Read more

  • DIPLOMACY

    Russia, China to sign deals on missiles and high-speed trains

    Read more

COMMENT(S)