Spain produces the most efficient high-speed railway in the World

Spain has managed to develop the most extensive high-speed network in the EU with the lowest average construction cost. And it has done so with very high design and quality parameters, at the forefront of the sector, in relatively fast times and without major budget deviations. This is the main statement included in the new report ‘Efficiency of the Spanish sector in the development of high-speed rail’, prepared by the engineering and consultancy firm Ineco, which deals with the efficiency of the Spanish high-speed model.

A comparative analysis of the Transit Costs Project database, together with the rest of existing studies, allows Ineco to conclude in this report that the country has developed the second high-speed network in the world with one of the lowest construction costs per kilometre compared to the rest of countries with this means of transport and the lowest among the European Union countries. Spain builds high-speed trains at an average cost per kilometre of 17.7 million Euro, compared to 45.5 million Euro in other high-speed countries, which is more than twice as much. The study also extends the traditional perspective of construction to cover the entire life cycle of the infrastructure and includes the costs of operation and maintenance which, although to a lesser extent, reinforce the leading position of the Spanish model.

Access to the full report “Efficiency of the Spanish sector in the development of high-speed rail” at Ineco´s web.