18 Apr, 2024 @ 13:02
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Spain’s Renfe rail service launches ‘superprices’ campaign today, offering tickets from Madrid to this stunning northwestern region for just €18

The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda has approved the public information file and the Informative Study: Madrid-Extremadura high-speed line. Talayuela-Cáceres. Section: Madrid-Plasencia connection branch, selecting as an alternative to be developed in future construction projects the so-called South Alternative, as announced this Monday by the Official State Gazette (BOE). The new branch of the Madrid-Plasencia Connection will connect the Madrid-Extremadura high-speed line with the current conventional railway line 530 'Monfragüe-Plasencia', in a way that allows, through this last route, access to the current railway station. Plasencia of circulations from Madrid. Finally, the proposed alternative runs entirely through the municipality of Malpartida de Plasencia and has a total length of 2.2 kilometers, as reported by the Ministry of Transport (Photo by Alberto Sibaja/Pacific Press)

SPAIN’S state railway service Renfe is celebrating the launch of the new high-speed Avril service between Madrid and Galicia, with what it is calling a ‘superprices’ campaign, with tickets on sale for as little as €18. 

The promotion starts today, and is offering travel from May 21 to July 21, with as many as 33,000 tickets up for grabs at the renfe.com website. 

New trains, with the model number S106, will cover the route, which will run from Madrid to the Galician cities of Vigo, A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra and Vilagarcía de Arousa in the stunning northwestern region.

The high-speed train services will cut the current journey time between Madrid and Vigo and A Coruña by 16 minutes, and between the capital and Santiago de Compostela by 18 minutes. 

Read more: Campaign launched to bring back ‘silver route’ train network connecting Andalucia with northern Spain

Some of Spain’s high-speed trains.

According to a statement released by the central government, and reported by news agency Efe, the arrival of these new trains is the first phase in a reorganisation of the high-speed rail system, which includes work to increase the capacity at the Chamartin-Clara Campoamor station in north Madrid. 

Spain’s high-speed rail network is the pride of many Spaniards, thanks to nearly 4,000 kilometres of track that connect dozens of cities across the Iberian peninsula, on trains that are fast, clean and comfortable. 

However, while destinations such as Galicia are benefitting from investment in the system, other areas are still waiting for the network to arrive. 

These include the provinces of Huelva and Cadiz, which were dealt a further blow for their hopes for a faster train service this week when Socialist Party Transport Minister Oscar Puente has just ruled out any such public works any time soon. 

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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