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Barcelona to Paris high speed rail service opens

PUBLISHED: December 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm  •  LAST EDITED: December 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm
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Barcelona to Paris high speed rail service opens

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A HIGH-SPEED rail service linking Spain and France has opened that will cut the journey time between Barcelona and Paris in half.

Up until now the train journey took 12 hours, but the new tracks will enable passengers to complete it in just over six.

Spain’s tourism statistics agency Frontur says travellers make 82 million trips between the two countries annually, mostly by car.

Spain’s train operator RENFE said it hopes to lure some air-travel passengers.

The service, which opened Sunday, will also provide high speed between cities like Madrid, Marseille, Toulouse and Lyon.

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December 16th, 2013 3:53 pm

Hopefully this one is safe and the drivers don’t take risks.


December 16th, 2013 9:19 pm

Reap, you must have a really low IQ lvl, I guess your CV fits in an sms.

Really what a retarded comment, you havent even bother to read about spain s railtrack system, most advance in europe, only second to China in kms of Highspeed network and with an amazing safety record aswell as punctuality standards.

Accidents occur all over the world, not so many years ago, there was a bigger one in Germany, and some weeks ago a similar accident in the US…


December 17th, 2013 11:26 am

Cacayaya, another new name, Spain has so many H & S issues I do not know where to start. You see many problems all over the place in Spain. Trains crashing, too many people killed in Road accidents every year, I have even seen a dead Lady in the street where a flimsy bridge was knocked over by a vehicle and the bridge toppled over. I can remember in recent times that 50 dead on the Roads over the Easter weekend was a low figure. In Spain as an example the deaths per million on their Roads are 41 and in the UK they are 28 per million. Considering not many people live on the vast Road system they have, that should tell you something, Rose tinted? Don’t forget around 80 dead this year on trains. There will always be accidents but the odds are higher in Spain. Look at the sad article in this paper a couple of weeks ago. Happens every day when you put a macho behind the controls.


December 17th, 2013 5:52 pm

I assume and hope that you are not traveling to Spain anytime soon.

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