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Portugal is accepting endless of classy new accelerated abuse routes

A new band will cut adventure times amid Lisbon and Porto to aloof one hour and 15 minutes

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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The abuse avenue amid Lisbon to Porto is already the niftiest (and greenest) way of travelling amid Portugal’s basic and its additional city. The fastest trains currently booty aloof beneath three hours to acceleration 209 afar (337 kilometres) up the Portuguese bank – and, excitingly, they’re be about to get alike faster

Last Thursday (November 17) the Portuguese government appear aggressive country-wide basement affairs that will see the country’s top ten cities all avowal accelerated abuse connections. On top of that, the government wants to advance abuse access in bounded districts and body addition bridge over the Tagus river. 

The new account could ability speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour, acceptation that abuse adventure times amid Lisbon and Porto could be cut bottomward to aloof one hour and 15 minutes. Which is, by any measure, appealing bloomin’ speedy. 

The new Lisbon-Porto band will eventually wind all the way up to Vigo in Spain, creating a accelerated abuse affiliation up the absoluteness of Iberia’s Atlantic coast. Set to amount at atomic €5 billion (£4.46 billion, $4.85 billion), the activity is set to activate architecture in 2024 and be completed by the aboriginal 2030s. The added basement project – including the new commune access and Tagus bridge – are set to be completed by 2050. 

The Lisbon-Porto abuse avenue is currently served by Portugal’s civic accelerated alternation arrangement the Alfa Pendular, as able-bodied as slower intercity lines. The primary acumen the new band will be faster isn’t aloof because the trains will biking at college speeds (the Alfa Pendular runs at about 200 kilometres per hour) but because new advance are actuality built, accordingly accretion the network’s capacity.

Which is all appealing thrilling, right? And Portugal’s new accelerated curve aren’t the alone amazing and aggressive abuse activity on the Iberian peninsula. Spain has afresh launched a amount of new accelerated abuse routes and apprenticed to absorb tens of billions of euros on abuse basement over the abutting decade. Viva the Iberian abuse revolution!

Did you see that Barcelona’s alternation base is accepting a amazing glow-up?

Plus: Spain is authoritative intercity trains chargeless this autumn.

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