Throughout Europe, there are hundreds of well-known train companies. The companies design and build unique high-speed trains that are exported all over the world. The first high-speed rail lines were constructed in 1980.
High-speed rail benefits the European Union’s economic well-being. The EU has invested more than 23.7 billion euros in high-speed rail infrastructure since 2000. The length of Europe’s high-speed rail lines has expanded by 9,000 kilometers, and the target of tripling the length by 2030.
|1||Frecciarossa 1000 (ETR 1000)||400 km/h||Trenitalia||Hitachi Rail Italy|
|2||Talgo AVRIL HSR||380 km/h||Renfe||Talgo|
|3||AGV Italo||380 km/h||Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV)||Alstom|
|4||Siemens Velaro E||370 km/h||Eurostar||Siemens|
|5||AVE Class 102/Talgo 350||350 km/h||Renfe||Talgo, Bombardier|
|6||ICE 3||330 km/h||Deutsche Bahn, Nederlandse Spoorwegen||Siemens|
|7||SNCF TGV||320kmph||SNCF||Alstom and Bombardier|
|8||ETR 500 Frecciarossa||300kmph||Trenitalia||TREno Veloce Italiano (TREVI)|
|9||Thalys PBKA||300 km/h||Thalys||GEC-Alsthom|
|10||Talgo 250||250 km/h||Renfe||Talgo and Bombardier|
The need for high-speed rail in Europe is gradually increasing. Over 26% of people in member countries use high-speed services.
EU co-funding for high-speed rail by Member states (2000-2017)
- Spain – 47.3%
- Germany – 11.4%
- Italy – 8.6%
- France – 8.4%
- Poland – 8.4%
- Greece – 4.4%
- Austria – 4.2%
- Portugal – 3.9%
- Other Member states – 3.4%
Facts to Know:
- Frecciarossa 1000 (ETR 1000) is the fastest train in Europe, it can gain a speed up to 400 km/h.
- The high-speed train is a popular and efficient method of transport in Europe.
- European train operators planned to build many high-speed train lines.
- France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, and the United Kingdom receive EU (European Union) funding for railway upgrading and development.
- There are several high-speed train manufacturers in France, and railway lines for high-speed railway networks are being upgraded.
- European Union countries and other European countries connected each other by high-speed rail lines.
- High-speed trains decreases travel times. as a result, business activities improved.
- Many high-speed train lines are under construction in European countries.
- China has the most high-speed rail tracks, totaling over 25,000 kilometers, whereas Europe has just 9,000 kilometers in service.
- Spain has the longest high-speed rail lines in Europe, with 3,100 km and the second-longest in the world right behind China.