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Canada with an Ouigo Madrid-Barcelona, ​​the SNCF initiates the liberalization of rail in Europe

20:15  09 may  2021
20:15  09 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Avec le même jingle qu'en France, le premier Ouigo à bas coût a quitté Madrid-Atocha à 10H15 vendredi, réservé à quelques invités. Il est arrivé à Barcelone à 12H47 après avoir parcouru 620 km. © AFP - Pierre-Philippe Marcou with the same jingle in France, the first ouigo at low cost left Madrid-Atocha at 10:15 Friday , reserved for a few guests. He arrived in Barcelona at 12:47 after having traveled 620 km.

In Spain, this Monday morning, while the state of emergency has just been lifted, the first trains with passengers from the French company at low cost Ouigo begin to circulate between Madrid and Barcelona. With this line, has just started the liberalization of rail in Europe.

With our corresponding in Madrid, Diane Cambon

Five daily trips and returns will cover the Madrid-Barcelona line at extremely competitive prices on Monday. Tickets are accessible from 9 euros, for an average call price around 25 euros. We are very far from the 70 euros on average for a go between the two Spanish metropolises proposed by the Spanish company Renfe.

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Ouigo thus becomes the first great competitor on the Spanish soil with its 14 TGV low cost to two floors and its car wagon. The French companion hired nearly 1,300 people with 95% fixed jobs and has invested more than 600 million euros to set up in Spain, countries that has the largest high-speed rail network in Europe. Thus, Ouigo already plans to cover the lines Madrid-Seville-Malaga, but also Madrid-Valencia.

For its part, the Spanish company, which has fallen behind the pandemic, to relinquish well by launching its company at low cost AVLO by the end of June and considering in the future to settle in the market also French railway.

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