Antequera High Speed Train Testing Track Gets Green Light

Antequera High Speed Train Testing Track Gets Green Light

LAST UPDATED: 25 June, 2011 @ 12:08 pm
AVE: Spain's high speed train

GREEN LIGHT: AVE high speed train

IT is every trainspotter’s dream.

The government has announced it is going ahead with its 400 million euro plan to build a trio of high-speed train testing tracks in Antequera.

The project, which the government claims will create more than 7,000 jobs, will be the largest and most advanced in Europe.

Announcing the scheme, Science Minister Cristina Garmendia said: “This is a clear example of innovation and prosperity going hand in hand.”

Speaking alongside development minister Jose Bono, she promised that the huge project would take particular care not to dig up valuable agricultural land in Antequera’s so-called ‘vega’.

She insisted that the initiative, which will be joined at one end by Santa Ana AVE station, will also not destroy any of Mollina’s vineyards.

The track, which at 55 kilometres will be the longest in the world, will allow trains to reach speeds of up to 520 kilometres an hour.

But it is not being welcomed by everyone, with over 200 protestors demonstrating against the launch in Antequera.

Politicians, trade unionists and environmentalists argue that the scheme is not sustainable and will destroy valuable farmland.