Figueres-Vilafant railway station

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Figueres-Vilafant
Figueres-vilafant.jpg
The station building.
Station statistics
Address Avinguda Puig Grau
17740 Vilafant
Spain
Coordinates 42°15′56″N 2°56′32″E / 42.26556°N 2.94222°E / 42.26556; 2.94222Coordinates: 42°15′56″N 2°56′32″E / 42.26556°N 2.94222°E / 42.26556; 2.94222
Line(s) Madrid–Barcelona–Figueres (high-speed) (PK 748.9)
Connections Bus transport Local and interurban buses
Structure type At-grade
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 7
Parking A large toll-free parking is located next to the entrance.
Other information
Opened 19 December 2010 (2010-12-19)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code 4307
Owned by Adif
Operator Renfe Operadora and SNCF

Figueres-Vilafant is a railway station serving the city of Figueres in Catalonia, Spain. It is located in the municipality of Vilafant, at about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north from its urban center and 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) from Figueres city centre. The station is on the Madrid to Barcelona and France high-speed rail line and is served by Renfe Operadora's AVE and SNCF's TGV high-speed trains.

Opened on 19 December 2010 (2010-12-19), the station served as the terminus for both TGV trains from Paris and AVE trains from Barcelona and Madrid. From 13 December 2013 (2013-12-13) on, through services run between Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse to Barcelona and Madrid.

The station is also connected to the Spanish broad gauge railway network thanks to a branch that links it with the Barcelona–Cerbère conventional railway line near Vilamalla. This allowed broad gauge connecting services to run between Figueres-Vilafant, Girona and Barcelona until the high speed line from Barcelona was finished and opened for commercial service on 9 January 2013 (2013-01-09).[1]

The general plan was to move all trains for the Figueres area to this station and close the current Figueres station. This location and that the station is only accessible by one road has been the subject of some comment in the local press.[2] Opposition to the station location as well as the eventual plan to move all train service (local, medium, and long-distance and international) to this station has forced it to be deemed a "provisional station" until the matter can be resolved.[3][4]

Rail services[edit]

Preceding station   Renfe Operadora   Following station
Avant Terminus
AVE
AVE
AVE
AVE
Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
TGV
toward Paris-Lyon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High speed line opens between Barcelona and Figueres". Railway Gazette International. 8 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Opening of Figueres Vilafant Station without access". 
  3. ^ "Figueres teme perder el tren". El País (in Spanish) (Madrid). 30 December 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Renfe prevé que el AVE supere los actuales 300 kilómetros por hora este año". ADN (in Spanish). 25 March 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 

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