Government to invest in high speed rail

in News · 01-11-2020 12:00:00 · 4 Comments

The Government will invest €900 million to unite the Portuguese city of Porto and the Spanish city of Vigo, through the construction of a railway line with a high speed train, which will allow the journey to be undertaken in just 60 minutes, according to Público newspaper.

After the Lisbon-Porto high speed connection was advanced on 22 October, the intention is to create another one from the north of the country to the Spanish city. According to the Minister of Infrastructure, Pedro Nuno Santos: “Galicia is already a region of Spain with a strong interconnection with Portugal”.

According to the same publication, until 2030 "only the first phase between Braga and Vigo will advance", in a half-hour journey that will cost the Government around €900 million. Then it is planned to add the Porto-Braga high speed connection, to link with the Spanish city in just one hour.

In addition, according to the Público newspaper, the Government also intends to electrify 100 percent of the entire national train line, something that in Europe only happens in a similar way in Switzerland and Luxembourg, with 90 percent and 95 percent electrified lines, respectively.


Comments:

Yes I dream of a high speed rail link from London to Lisbon via Eurotunnel...Paris...Lyons...Madrid...Porto...Lisbon as a viable option to the CO 2 emissions of travel by plane.



the co2 emissions



By Simon from UK on 02-11-2020 08:12

The madness has no end. Portugal doesn't need a high speed train at this time. Maybe French and German companies need Portugal to buy high speed trains, but Portugals doesn't need them. In Spain not a single high speed route is operated economically.

Plus by car or bus it takes 1.5 hours from Porto to Vigo. And the electrification of ALL train lines is also economical madness.

By John Dough from Lisbon on 02-11-2020 09:16

Great! Invest in and improve the rail network and trains (not necessarily all high-speed) and discourage car use.

By Annie from Algarve on 01-11-2020 05:33

Fantastic news, is a train link to the ferries at Santander also available.

By Gareth Teasdale from Beiras on 01-11-2020 01:30
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