Spanish high speed ridership increases sixfold in 10 years (Global Railway Review)
Barcelona-Madrid high-speed line has had more than 85 million passengers. The high-speed rail service in Barcelona has led to an increase of almost six times over in the 10 years that the railway has been in service.
Since the opening of the Camp de Tarragona – Barcelona section 10 years ago, 85.5 million passengers have travelled on the high-speed rail service, and the use of the line is still growing.
The high-speed rail service has generated a huge movement of travellers by train in the first corridor in Spain. Before these services came into operation, only 1.98 million passengers used the line, meaning the annual demand has multiplied nearly six times with the new routes to Barcelona.
Regarding how the connections to Barcelona are being used, almost 66 million people have travelled from Barcelona to Madrid on high-speed rail, almost 11 million passengers used services between Barcelona – the Basque Country, Navarra, Galicia and Castilla y León and just over 9 million customers took advantage of the connections between Barcelona – Andalusia.
The evolution and increase in customers in this corridor have allowed Ave services to reach a market share of 63 per cent compared to the Madrid – Barcelona aviation connection.