High Speed Train Route

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Plans announced for a new high speed train route linking Malaga with Seville and Barcelona, bypassing Madrid. Meanwhile, a new and faster Malaga-Barcelona train is due to be operative this coming summer, cutting the journey time to one hour 55 minutes.

At the tourism fair Fitur in Madrid this week (01/02/2008), Development Minister Magdalena Álvarez announced plans for a new high speed train route linking Malaga with Seville and Barcelona, bypassing Madrid. A date has not been set, but meanwhile, a new and faster Malaga-Barcelona train is due to be operative this coming summer. On February 20th, an ‘Avant’ train using the AVE line will start running between Malaga and Seville, cutting the journey time to one hour 55 minutes.

Spain has ambitious plans for its high-speed network. In the future the target is for 7,200km (4,500 miles) of high-speed railway for 350km/h operation, and from 2006 progress was being made on several fronts to extend the network.

The near-perfect upgrading between Madrid and Seville has paved the way for other major trunk routes across Spain, and amongst the first was a 1,079km ‘gateway to the south’ network to connect the cities of Malaga, Granada, Cadiz, Algeciras, Huelva and Jaen.

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