Portugal is the latest European country to update its rail system. The government has announced new high speed trains which could halve journey times.
The plans, which were unveiled on Thursday, include high speed trains in the ten largest Portuguese cities and rail links in every district.
The high speed trains will be accompanied by a third crossing over the Tagus river (in the Lisbon region) in a huge overhaul of the national railway system in the Iberian nation.
Could high speed rail shorten journey times in Portugal?
It would halve the travel time between Lisbon and Porto from the current 2 hours 50 minutes. A third crossing over the Tagus will shorten the trip to Lisbon from southern regions by at least 30 minutes, said Federico Francisco, coordinator of the working group drafting the plan.
It aims to boost rail travel's share of total passengers to 20 per cent from 4.6 per cent and rail transport of goods to 40 per cent from 13 per cent.
What other European countries have high speed rail?
There is no set definition of high speed rail but it’s generally anything that travels at 250 km/h.
In Europe many countries have high speed rail infrastructure with France and Spain leading the pack followed by Germany, Italy and the UK. Other countries like Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden also have intercity high-speed rail links.