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A sixth European high-speed line was supposed to enter service in 2009, but didn't, despite being finished: Figueres-Perpignan, the international line crossing the Spanish/French border across the 8,403 m Perthus Tunnel.

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Now, the Figueres-Perpignan line was supposed to finally link up Spain's normal-gauge high-speed network with France's normal-gauge network. However, presently it is a track to nowhere. Literally.

So, is it finished or not?

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Dec 18th, 2009 at 10:02:55 AM EST
Finished. There is no station at the Figueres end of the PPP section, the non-autonomous line is to connect directly to the government-built normal-gauge Barcelona-Figueres line.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 18th, 2009 at 10:22:42 AM EST
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I updated the caption of the track-end image to make this point clearer.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Dec 19th, 2009 at 03:39:36 AM EST
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Ah, I completely forgot to post the picture below (originally chosen for the diary but then dropped for the track-end one). It's from an El Punt article and shows the almost completed line somewhat South of the Spanish portal of the Perthus tunnel at the end of 2008:



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Dec 20th, 2009 at 01:10:18 PM EST
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