oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Linking European high-speed train lines
After a development phase within national boundaries, high-speed rail networks are now considering international links, at a cost of over R1 000 billion. Following the example of the Paris-Lyon rail link, the first high-speed train lines tended to be confined within national borders. These first links were built between strategic locations inside the countries that planned and financed them. This was true for the new Rome-Florence line in Italy, which was completed in 1984, for the Mannheim-Stuttgart line in Germany, inaugurated in 1991, and for the Madrid-Seville line in Spain that has operated commercially since 1992 - to name only a few.
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