High-Speed Rail Flourishing in Europe

Five new connections opened just last week, including the Salerno to Torino line in Italy and a new section between Bruxelles and Amsterdam.

Yonah Freemark writes, "Faster speeds to Amsterdam are primary a result of the Netherlands' investment in 100 km of new track on HSL Zuid between Antwerpen and the country's capital, via Rotterdam. Some Netherlands rail NS Hispeed trains began using the tracks in September at speeds of only 160 km/h because of problems acquiring equipment from AnsaldoBreda, which is planning to deliver new 250 km/h-capable trainsets next fall after years of delays. Those services, which will extend as far south as Bruxelles, will be operated under a new brand called Fyra, which is jointly owned by the Belgian rail operator SNCB, NS Hispeed, and Air France."

Full Story: European High-Speed Rail Expands Across the Continent with Five New Line Segments

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