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A high speed line in Argentina

04/18/2007 AT 11:44

The planned line will be 710 kms long. The double-deck trains which will provide nine daily services (with more than 500 passengers per train) will reach a maximum speed of 320km/h. This line will have an important social and economic effect in Argentina as it will drastically reduce the journey times for this major transport route: Buenos Aires-Rosario will take 85 minutes and Rosario-Cordoba, 90 minutes.

For the past eight months, the consortium has already had 150 engineers working on the project (60% in Europe and 40% in Argentina). This project will cost between five and eight times less than it would have done in a European country for a high speed line because the planned route crosses only flat and stable terrain.

If the Argentinian authorities confirm their intention to pursue this project over the next months, the line could be open around 2011.

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