It has been announced that Brussels will finance 50% of the 400 million euro cost of the electrification of the Sagunto-Zaragoza section of the high speed rail line that will improve rail traffic and decongest the Mediterranean Corridor, which it is said could collapse in the future by having to combine passengers and merchandise.
It will also reduce the travel time between Alicante and Zaragoza. As well as improving the situation regarding the transportation of goods from the province, Murcia and Almeria into Europe.
The Ministry of Public Works hopes that with these improvements, the travel time by train between Alicante and the Basque Country as of 2022 will be reduced by practically half, since there will be far more direct services. Technicians hope that from 2021 (electrification of the València-Zaragoza corridor) Renfe will be able to run direct trains between Alicante and Bilbao.
The current “Sol de Levante” the name of the train that directly connected Alicante and the Basque Country until the 90’s, could cover the journey in 5 hours and 30 minutes, as opposed to the 11 hours that the journey currently takes, changing in Madrid.