Cargo plan for Portugal rail link

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5 May 2005, MADRID — Portugal and Spain are looking into using a high-speed rail link being built between their two capitals to carry cargo as well as passengers.

5 May 2005

MADRID — Portugal and Spain are looking into using a high-speed rail link being built between their two capitals to carry cargo as well as passengers.

Portuguese public works minister Mario Lino said: "This will not affect what is important which is that the transportation of cargo and people be carried out at high speed and take just two hours and 45 minutes."

Lino made the announcement following talks with his visiting Spanish counterpart Magdalena Alvarez.

It currently takes more than 10 hours to travel by train between Lisbon and Madrid.

Portugal and Spain agreed at a summit in 2003 to build four high-speed rail links at a cost of EUR 7.5 billion by 2018.

The first link is to be completed in 2009 and link Oporto, in the industrialized north of Portugal, with Vigo in northern Spain.

The link between Lisbon and Madrid, scheduled to open in 2010 and which would also connect with high-speed rail connections in France and beyond, is expected to carry more than five million passengers each year.

Another line is to connect the central Portuguese coastal town of Aveiro with the Spanish university city of Salamanca, a main corridor for freight, by 2015.

The last of the four lines would link Faro, the capital of Portugal's southernmost Algarve tourist province, to the southern Spanish city of Seville by 2018.

The rail track between Madrid and Lisbon is to allow trains to travel at speeds of up to 350km,  while the other tracks would permit speeds of up to 200 km.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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