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European Commission allocates funds for Madrid–Lisbon HSR project [free access]

March 20, 2020

The European Commission has allocated EUR265 million in funding through the European Regional Development Fund for the section of the planned Madrid–Lisbon high-speed rail (HSR) line on the Atlantic Corridor.


The project involves construction of the 178.6-km-long Plasencia–Cáceres–Badajoz section for which the track is currently being assembled. The line is also being electrified with signalling, telecommunications, and auxiliary networks, which are expected to be installed soon. The total cost of this project is EUR1.56 billion. The work is expected to conclude in December 2022.


The planned Madrid–Lisbon HSR line will have a total length of 715 km, of which around 465 km will run through the autonomous communities of Madrid, Castile-La Mancha, and Extremadura in Spain. The maximum speed of the trains is expected to be around 300 km per hour.


(1 EUR [Euro] = 1.07 USD)