More fast trains in Europe

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Four new high-speed rail projects are cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion and are due to open from as early as the Euro­pean spring this year. The ser­vices will add to Europe’s ex­pand­ing port­fo­lio of ex­ist­ing high-speed ser­vices, with the lat­est ad­di­tion be­ing the Got­thard Ex­press in Switzer­land, which started op­er­a­tions in De­cem­ber 2016. The new Paris – Rennes ser­vice will be­gin in the Euro­pean spring, re­duc­ing travel time be­tween the two cities to 1 hour and 25 min­utes, 30 min­utes shorter than the cur­rent ser­vice. Fol­low­ing that, the new ‘TGV At­lan­tique’ will be­gin ser­vices on 2 July be­tween Paris and Bordeaux, a high-speed ser­vice that will cut an hour from the cur­rent three-hour jour­ney. In Ger­many, a new high-speed con­nec­tion ser­vice trav­el­ling at 300 kilo­me­tres per hour, will bring the “mag­i­cal cities” of Ber­lin and Mu­nich closer to­gether, short­en­ing the jour­ney time from six hours to just un­der four hours, when it starts in De­cem­ber. Fi­nally, in 2018, Spain will in­tro­duce the world’s fifth largest, third deep­est and the sec­ond most com­plex tun­nel, ‘Pa­jares Vari­ant’, which will link Madrid to As­turias via the cities of León, Oviedo and Gi­jón, short­en­ing the cur­rent route’s jour­neys by about two hours. raileu­rope.com.au

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