Italy To Build New High-Speed Rail Road To Reach The UK In Just 6 Hours

The Turin-Lyon high-speed railway finally was given the green light by prime minister Giuseppe Conte this week, after the country’s new populist government threatened to cancel it.

The line, which will run in tunnels under the Alps, cuts the journey from Milan to Paris and beyond by three hours.

Existing TGV services between Paris and Turin currently take five and a half hours, with a journey time of seven hours to Milan. After the new line is complete the Paris-Milan journey will be cut to four hours.

A direct service through the channel tunnel from London would take around six hours to reach Italy.

But any company that decided to run such a service would have to wrestle with passport control and security regulations, which apply to trains between the UK and the continent.

With a completion date of 2030 for the new line, the planning of any service is far off. Even if no direct service was introduced to the UK, passengers from London changing trains in Paris would be able to get to Italy three hours faster.

“Not building the high-speed line would cost much more than building it,” Italy’s prime minister Mr Conte said in his statement.

“The decision not to carry out the work would expose us to costs resulting from breaching our agreement with France.”

Mr. Conte said the EU had agreed to shoulder a larger proportion of the project’s cost – up from 40 per cent to 55 percent of the €25bn (£22bn) bill. France’s national assembly has already approved the project.

The project was the subject of a row between Italy’s populist coalition governing parties. It is supported by the League, which has traditionally been strong in the north of the country but was opposed by the Five Star Movement, whose support base is mostly in the south.

The line is 270km long, of which 57.7km is tunneled. It will connect with the LGV Sud-Est high-speed line at the French end and the Turin-Milan high-speed railway at the Italian end. A service to London would use HS1 through Kent and LGV Nord through northern France, likely bypassing central Paris on the LGV Interconnexion Est line.

International rail services from the UK got a boost last month after Eurostar stepped up its new service from London to Amsterdam, adding an extra train per day. But last year German railway company DB ditched plans to run a direct service to Cologne and Frankfurt, citing operational difficulties.

Unlike the vast majority of European countries, the UK is not a member of the Schengen passportless area, which means international rail passengers must go through passport checks at stations. This makes it harder for firms to run international rail services because they often require expensive modifications to existing stations to introduce border controls. Passengers in other EU countries benefit from seamless cross-border travel.

15+ Things People Learned in Today’s Years Old

Every day we live we learn a new thing. There is a lot of stuff school and textbooks don’t teach you. Therefore, you have to learn the hard way. Lucky for us, today we have the internet to turn to whenever we have a question we are seeking answers for. A lot of online communities and different kinds of groups make it possible for people to reach out to one another for help.

You will be amazed to learn how many things you’ve been doing wrong during all this time. Today we want to show you some of them.

However, there are a lot of other things that we don’t know as well. Scroll down below to check out the list we have prepared for you. And if there are other tips and tricks you know, don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comment section.

1.Maybe this explains why we eat desserts when we’re stressed.

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2. Green light go.

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9. Mum just woke me up to tell me flames don’t have shadows. I can’t sleep now

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14. Some thread spools come with needle storage!

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15. Who knew that these symbols would tell you how long things are good for after you open them?


16. For anyone else who puts shirts on backwards on the regular.


17. The little black dot is a microphone for when you’re taking video and not using the front camera.


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