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AVE prices to fall in new year

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Tickets for travel on Spain’s high speed ‘AVE’ rail network are to come down next year, Spain’s Minister for Development Ana Pastor said yesterday.

Speaking to the national broadcaster TVE, Pastor said the government planned to introduce a new pricing structure from January to make Spain’s high speed trains more competitive.

‘The AVE is a quick and efficient mode of transport but there are plenty of people who have never used the service because the AVE is still very expensive,’ Pastor said during her 20-minute guest slot on the TV program Los Desayunos de TVE.

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During the program the development minister also said the AVE line between Barcelona and Figueras would open in January and that Alicante would be linked to the network by late June.

And in a move that Pastor described as ‘historic’, Pastor said the first quarter of 2013 would see Spain and France standardise the railway systems so that a high speed train could travel directly from Madrid to France.

Pastor also used her appearance on TVE to talk about possible reclassification of those train lines considered of ‘public interest’ for which the state guaranteed service provision. She highlighted the fact there were currently more than 174 stations in Spain which were used by ‘only one or no passengers’ per day and that – in such cases – the state was subsidising each ticket to the tune of as much as €120.

According to Pastor, it made more sense in those cases to offer alternative transport methods. But the minister for development was also keen to stress that any changes to the rail network would respect the guaranteed right of all citizens to mobility.

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Written by georgemills25

December 21, 2012 at 08:38

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