Ireland to be included in ultra-fast rail network linking major European cities
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Ireland to be included in ultra-fast rail network linking major European cities

A PROPOSAL for an ultra-rapid European rail network which would link Ireland to major cities around the continent is being considered.

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, an EU think-tank, has come up with the project which would serve to help Europe recover from the coronavirus crisis.

The plan would see all EU capital cities connected (sorry London) - via four main railway lines and would run separately from the existing Trans-European Transport Network.

Trains would run at speeds of up to 350km/h and would serve as a viable alternative to air travel to European destinations.

Credit: Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
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Dublin would be connected to Paris , while a ferry-based sea link between Cork and Brest would be set up.

The other lines would see:

  • Lisbon-Helsinki including a loop around the Baltic Sea meeting in the Ruhr area (red)
  • Brussels-Valletta, (blue)
  • Berlin-Nicosia, with a ferry-based sea link between Piraeus and Paphos and a loop between Vienna and Sofia (brown)

It's estimated that the cost of such a project would be upwards of €1,100 billion.