DELAYS have been announced on the plans to reduce the amount of time taken on the Alicante to Barcelona AVE high-speed train service.
The section of line between València-Castellón will finally be transformed and on completion will reduce the overall time it takes to travel between Alicante and Barcelona by as much as 90 minutes…but not yet. It was originally planned to be in 2019 but the current four and a half hours journey will not be reduced to three hours until 2022.
Works on the affected line will now start at the end of 2019 and with a cost of €1.17 billion the 62 kilometres stretch will allow the high-speed trains to move at 350kph rather than the current 300kph.
The delay has been due to studies undertaken to redevelop what is referred to as the Mediterranean Corridor and a culmination of a series of linking projects that are all due for completion in 2022.
The current journey between Alicante and Madrid takes just over two hours but with the same distance between the two cities; it takes twice as long to reach Barcelona.