A new incident on the R3 aggravates the situation of the Rodalies line

The Rodalies service in Catalonia continues to add incidents in its particular horrible May.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
14 May 2024 Tuesday 04:34
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A new incident on the R3 aggravates the situation of the Rodalies line

The Rodalies service in Catalonia continues to add incidents in its particular horrible May. To the incidents initiated by a massive copper theft early last Sunday - the consequences of which will continue to be felt among users for at least two more months, according to those responsible - are added not only the effects of a new act of vandalism in lines R13 and R14 this morning, but also a service cut on R3.

The Puigcerdà and Vic line has been left without service between Ripoll and Sant Martí de Centelles, thus adding a new impact to the cut that the line has already suffered since last Sunday through which the trains operate with origin and end in Montcada-Ripollet with bus connection to Barcelona. Due to this new impact, Civil Protection has activated the Ferrocat plan, which allows it to manage an alternative service to the affected plan.

The morning began with a new cable theft early this Tuesday between the Riu-Milans stop and Les Borges Blanques, in Lleida, which forced the railway traffic between this Lleida town and Vinaixa to be cut off until 08:13 hours, spokespersons for Adif and Renfe have reported.

As detailed by Renfe, the incident has affected two trains on lines R13 and R14 with departure between 06:00 and 07:00 hours.

Adif technicians managed to repair the fault after eight in the morning and traffic was able to resume along the affected section.

On the other hand, regarding the special organized transport plan in the Barcelona area after the copper theft last Sunday, starting this Tuesday lines R1, R2, R2 (Nord and Sud), R8, RG1, R11 and Regionals Sud will offer their usual service and lines R3, R4, R7 and R12 will still suffer different effects.

The Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Óscar Puente, did not rule out sabotage in Rodalies this Monday, while the Generalitat described it as a “conspiracy theory” and again criticized the lack of investment in Catalonia's railway network.

Last Sunday, a copper cable theft caused an electrical surge that generally affected the entire Rodalies service, causing problems that may not be completely resolved for two months and that will have a cost of 15 million euros.