Wednesday, August 17

Renfe dismisses a person in charge of the Extremadura-Madrid fast train due to delays two days after its premiere

The delays suffered by the recently launched fast train between Badajoz and Madrid, in the first phase of the high-speed train in Extremadura, have claimed a victim. The president of Renfe, Isaías Táboas, has decided to replace the Production Manager of this line, which opened on Tuesday with some 14 minutes of delay, and that this Wednesday, the second day in operation, the delay of the Alvia and Intercity trains has reached one hour, both in the direction of the capital of Badajoz and the Atocha station.

On the Madrid-Extremadura line, 4 commercial service trains circulate every day (the trains that operate in a liberalized market and that do not receive state subsidies). Two of those trains are the new Alvia and the other two are Intercity. Of the 4 circulations this Wednesday, there have been delays “due to breakdowns” in the two in the morning and also in one of the afternoon, according to Renfe. In all cases, the Voluntary Punctuality Commitment has been applied, by which the state company returns between 50% and 100% of the amount of the ticket based on the delay that has been registered.

The delay on the first day was caused by human error, since the Alvia S-730 used the old track on the section between Badajoz and Mérida, which meant a delay that could not be traced along the route to Madrid.

The Junta de Extremadura has shown its discomfort at the situation and has described the incidents as “unjustifiable”, for which this Thursday they had asked Renfe for explanations, as explained by the spokesman for the regional government, Juan Antonio González.

The first section of the Extremaduran high-speed railway has involved an outlay of 1,700 million euros and more than two decades of works. For now, the trains run without electrification, so the maximum speed that Alvia trains can reach is 180 kilometers per hour. It is expected that the electrification will be ready in 2023 and with it increase the speed of a line that, from Tuesday, should save on the trip between Badajoz and Madrid of 51 minutes, and half an hour from Cáceres.

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