New direct rail line planned from London to Madrid

New direct rail line planned from London to Madrid

A new high-speed railway link could bring travellers from London to Madrid in just eight hours.

The Telegraph has reported that the link, which would run from Kings Cross St Pancras to Madrid via Gare du Nord in Paris, could be in place within two years. The journey could take just nine hours, although railway companies may choose a direct route, bypassing Paris to arrive an hour earlier.

Other high-speed links expected within two years include direct services to Cologne and Frankfurt, and a direct link from London to Amsterdam.

Flying to Madrid takes just over two hours but the rail industry is expecting the far greener, easier method of travelling by train to appeal to travellers who are fed up with adding airport hassle to their journey time. Transport secretary Lord Adonis has said that rail is a more environmentally friendly option, and should replace short-haul air travel in the near future.

A high-speed link already in place through the Channel Tunnel, and negotiations between lines and operators are thought to be at an advanced stage.

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