Lisbon to Madrid in less than three hours

A NEW high-speed train connection between Lisbon and Madrid has moved a step nearer following an Iberian summit.

Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications, Mário Lino, held talks with Spanish minister, Magdalena Álvarez, agreeing to leave detailed plans to a working group. But they made clear that their aim was to create a service that would connect the two capitals in just two hours and 45 minutes.

Lino and Álvarez agreed several points in relation to the Lisbon-Madrid line. It will be a new double-track line on the European model with the possibility of mixed traffic in each country. Spain, in a ministry communiqué, has already indicated its desire to make the line into a goods carrier as well.