The railway service between Extremadura and Madrid, which this past Tuesday began a new stage with high-performance trains and a new platform, has registered a new incident this Thursday, which has caused a delay of about 70 minutes. The Alvia S-730 train, which left Badajoz at 07:25 a.m. and should have arrived in Madrid at 11:43 a.m., entered the Atocha station at 12:53 p.m., that is, with 70 minutes of delay.
This delay is recorded 12 hours after the president of Renfe, Isaías Táboas, decided to dismiss the Production Manager of the Madrid-Extremadura line, after the problems that had occurred in the first two days of circulation of the Alvia trains and Intercity. With this latest incident, and after the new high-speed rail platform was inaugurated last Monday and the addition of Alvia S-730 trains, the rail connection between Extremadura and Madrid has experienced problems every day, sometimes due to human error and others due to technical problems.
According to Adif, the delay recorded this Thursday is due to “a breakdown or deficiency” in the signaling, possibly an electrical or computer failure, in a section located in the north of the province of Cáceres, which has forced them to reduce speed.
This past Wednesday, the high-performance train registered a delay of more than an hour upon its arrival at the Atocha station, since on its departure from Badajoz it was forced by traffic needs to carry out a technical maneuver to uncouple two of its units, and later recorded “an incident during the journey in the traction of the locomotive”, which limited the speed of the convoy. Likewise, the return train accumulated a delay of 38 minutes before reaching Extremadura, since “the driver reported problems in the locomotive”.
A day earlier, on the first business day, it was delayed by 13 minutes, among other reasons because the train ran during a section of Extremadura on the old track and not on the new high-speed track due to an error.