Glossary:High-speed rail

High-speed rail is a rail passenger service running at much higher speeds than normal passenger trains.

The network of the trans-European high-speed rail system includes:

  • specially built high-speed lines equipped for speeds generally equal to or greater than 250 km/h;
  • specially upgraded high-speed lines equipped for speeds of the order of 200 km/h;
  • specially upgraded high-speed lines which have special features as a result of topographical, relief or town-planning constraints, on which the speed must be adapted to each case.

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