ON JANUARY 24 Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar unveiled a 2000-07 Infrastructure Plan costed at Pts9100bn, to be funded with private finance and public money at European, national, regional and municipal level. Rail has been allocated Pts4700bn, which would be largely used to develop the high speed network so that most major cities would be within a 4h journey time of Madrid and less than 6h 30min from Barcelona.

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