It is now possible to travel from Barcelona to Paris by train in less than 6.5 hours.
A new, direct high-speed rail service has been launched between the two cities, with trains operated by France’s SNCF and Spain’s RENFE.
Jean-Louis Conte, a passenger on the first train, said: “It’s a very good thing. We gain time – and it’s is also a way to bring two countries closer in a very effective way.”
Antoni Prat, another customer of the new service, complained: “We’ve been waiting for this for 20 years now. The Spanish government still works like it’s in the last century.”
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Thanks for sharing this JY
Antoni needs to take a trip to Australia to really understand and experience last century thinking. From his comment the Europeans are so used to high speed rail services, they are perplexed when they are not there when everyone expects them to be.
France’s SNCF said it needed extra time to adapt its trains to run on Spanish track. While Spain’s RENFEreportedly had similar issues preparing its trains to operate in France.
A question, the high speed tracks in Spain are SG as I understand it so what works would have been required by both parties?