High-Speed Rail Viaduct. Antequera-Granada line, under construction.

Archidona, Málaga, Andalucía.

Experts state that an average high-speed rail (HSR) corridor between two cities can be regarded as socially beneficial when it carries around 8 million yearly passengers. In Spain, not even the HSR corridor between Madrid and Barcelona reaches that figure, so the perspectives for the line between Antequera and Granada (serving a total population of only 280,000) are rather despairing. Its budget amounts to €1.2 billion, half of which is financed by the European Union. Furthermore, Antequera will be the only city besides Madrid and Barcelona in having two HSR-stations.