Figueres–Vilafant railway station

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Figueres–Vilafant
Figueres-vilafant.jpg
The station building.
LocationAvinguda Puig Grau
17740 Vilafant
Spain
Coordinates42°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
Owned byAdif
Operated byRenfe Operadora and SNCF
Line(s)Perpignan–Barcelona high-speed rail line (PK 44.4)
Platforms2 island platforms
Tracks7
ConnectionsBus transport Local and interurban buses
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
ParkingA large parking is located next to the entrance. It costs €0.0182 per minute or €1.25 per hour. Max for 24 hours is €9.15. See http://www.saba.es for more details.
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code4307
History
Opened19 December 2010 (2010-12-19)
Passengers
2018608,201[1]

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) west from its urban center and 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) from Figueres city centre. The station is on the Perpignan–Barcelona 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).[2]

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.[3] 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.[4][5]

Rail services[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adif - Información de estaciones - Figueres Vilafant". ADIF. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  2. ^ "High speed line opens between Barcelona and Figueres". Railway Gazette International. 8 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Opening of Figueres Vilafant Station without access".
  4. ^ "Figueres teme perder el tren". El País (in Spanish). Madrid. 30 December 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Renfe prevé que el AVE supere los actuales 300 kilómetros por hora este año". ADN (in Spanish). 25 March 2010. Archived from the original on 8 November 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.

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