High-speed rail projects, that will make exploring parts of France and Germany even easier, are currently under construction and Rail Plus has updated agents on progress and projected 2017 completion dates.
In France, the Paris-Rennes route – scheduled to open mid-2017 – will reduce travel time between the capital and Rennes, in northwest Brittany, to just 85 minutes – 30 minutes faster than the current journey. The Tours-Bordeaux leg of the route, which will cut the travel time from three to two hours, is currently under construction and also scheduled for completion in mid-2017.
In Germany, the new high-speed connection between Berlin and Munich is due to be completed in December 2017, with
trains travelling at 300km per hour taking the journey to just under four hours, compared to the current six.
Work is also now underway to extend Spain’s Madrid-León high-speed line to the northern region of Asturias. The project includes construction of the complex Variante de Pajares tunnels, which when completed will be the fifth largest in the world, the third deepest and the second most complex after the Gotthard Base Tunnel.
The opening of a new northern Spain high-speed rail line between Madrid and Asturias will make it easier for travellers to explore the cities of Oviedo, Gijón and their surroundings. The Madrid-Oviedo route currently takes five hours by train, but once the high-speed route begins operation, the journey will only last three hours and 15 minutes, while the Madrid-Gijón route will only take three hours and 30 minutes.
Pictured: Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel – when completed, the complex Variante de Pajares tunnels in Spain will be the second most complex after the Swiss tunnel.