By Eloise Horsfield
GIBRALTAR residents will be able to take the fast track (AVE) railway line all the way to the French border by 2030.
The exciting step will be confirmed when the European Commission publishes its decision to ‘prioritise’ the so-called Mediterranean ‘corridor’ railway line this week.
Until now, the fast track line was only guaranteed to arrive in Valencia.
But after constant lobbying from town halls around Andalucia, the EC is expected to announce that Almeria will be linked to France by 2020 and the Cadiz town of Algeciras a decade later.
The European Commission is expected to confirm that it will stump up some 30 per cent of the cost of the project.
The 1,300km train line will reach France at Perpignon before speeding off on a dedicated line to Helsinki via Lyon, Hamburg and Copenhagen.
The Spanish part of the track will serve 40 per cent of the Spanish population.