Lisbon Will Be 3 Hours Away from Madrid by Train

Written By Manuel Poças

The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a resolution that will move forward with the construction of a high-speed train that will connect the two Iberian capitals.

Apart from the location of the new airport, the new government also announced that it decided to approve a resolution that launches the high-speed train project between Lisbon and Madrid, and the third crossing of the Tagus river (currently there are only two bridges connecting both margins of the river).

It is important to consider that, not so long ago, the former Government decided, according to a market study, that it would be better and more useful to build a high-speed railway connecting Lisbon and Porto, instead of one connecting Portugal and Spain.

This week, the new Government decided to go in another direction. There will be a high-speed train line connecting Lisbon and Madrid, not Lisbon and Porto, and part of it will be the third crossing of the Tagus, which will consist of a new bridge intended to facilitate, among other things, the commute to the new airport that will be built.

Note that it is yet to be decided if the new bridge will only be for trains, with a railway, or if it will also allow cars.

This new high speed railway project, which will have an estimated cost somewhere between 3.9 and 4.1 billion euros, has already started, but will only be ready in 2034.

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