Spain's high speed train

Bullet train whisks Spaniards at 185mph

Travel Insurance News - 22/02/2008

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Spain has seen the the third high speed train line open to the public in just over two months. The latests rout is from Madrid to Barcelona and takes a little over 2.5 hours. The train travels at speeds up to 185mph and the Spanish Government has announced that it will have the most extensive high-speed rail network in the world by 2010. The train is a result of German engineering and offers cooked meals during the trip that would normaly take 6 hours. Fares range from 40 to 164 Euros and passengers will be offered a full refund if the train arrives 30 minutes late. The government points that the train is a far more environmentaly friendly as it only produces 13kg of carbon emissions per passenger as opposed to 70kg per passenger generated if the same journey was taken by air.

AVE trains other routes are from Madrid to Malaga, taking just over 2.5 hours and from Madrid to Valladolid in just under one hour when this route used to routinely take up to 3 hours. During 2012 the plans are to link the Spanish railways network to the French TGV network in Perpignan. The government is hoping to have laid 10,000km of high speed track by 2020 enabling almost 90 per cent of Spain's population to live within 50km of an AVE station.

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