Thursday, August 17, 2017

Alstom launches high-speed rail between Paris, Barcelona

Earlier this month, Alstom opened its direct high-speed rail service linking Paris and Barcelona.

Currently, Alstom train models TGV Duplex and AVE S100 are using the rail. The TGV Duplex is the fastest of the vehicles and has the largest transport capacity on the market. It is being operated by France's SNCF.

The AVE S100 is a single-deck VHS train operated by Spain's Renfre. The AVE S100 is a 20-year-old model that was recently modernized by Alstom to conform with the modern rail system.

Prior to Altom's high speed route between Paris and Barcelona, the average travel time between the cities was 5.5 hours. Now, high-speed rail travelers can travel between the cities in 3.5 hours.

With the opening of the Paris-Barcelona route, Alstom's high speed rail system is operated in 18 different countries across 16 international borders.