Barcelona train tunnel finally gets green light

21st January 2008, Comments 0 comments

A 5.6-kilometer train tunnel that will run under downtown Barcelona has finally gotten the green light.

21 January 2008

MADRID - A 5.6-kilometer train tunnel that will run under downtown Barcelona and come very close to the unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral, designed by the internationally renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, has finally gotten the green light.

The last stretch of the track for the high-speed AVE service, which will connect the city with France at a cost of EUR 179 million, is due to be completed in 35 months - although the AVE has still yet to reach Barcelona.

Construction work on this part of the project has been beset by a series of mishaps that plunged the city's transportation system into chaos over the summer and autumn months of last year. It is presumed, however, that the train will reach the new Sants station before the March general elections.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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