The Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalos, has assured this Monday that Renfe will reactivate the AVE line between Madrid and Barcelona from 2:00 p.m. today. A route that had been suspended due to the storm produced in recent days in the capital and that has also affected connections between the capital and Zaragoza, Huesca, Logroño and Pamplona.
Ábalos has also highlighted that more than 70% of the trains will be able to circulate in the next few hours, when some of the lines of Surroundings of the Community of Madrid. According to Renfe data, the company has recovered the circulation of 60 AVE and long-distance trains with destination, origin or passing through Madrid.
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Currently, of the 183 services scheduled for today, the public operator foresees the circulation of 133 convoys, which represents 72.6% of the demand, after the storm Filomena has forced the suspension of many rail services since Friday.
In addition, Renfe has been able to operate another 16 Avant trains to and from Madrid since noon on Sunday. In Cercanías Madrid, the circulation has already started on lines C-5, C-3, C-2 and C-8, with frequencies every half and every hour approximately.
In the capital, today Monday, it is expected that circulations will also recover on the C-10 Villalba-Príncipe Pio-Atocha-Chamartín-Aeropuerto, the C-4 Parla-Alcobendas / Colmenar and a Villalba-Cercedilla shuttle service. The C-5, which ended in Villaverde Alto yesterday, will continue today to Humanes.
Decks and roads
The situation is more complex at the Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas airport, where at the moment only two runways are enabled, according to Ábalos himself. The cleaning of the runways is progressing gradually and work is being done mainly on T4 and the satellite terminal.
This Monday, a total of 20 flights (14 departure and 6 arrival) have been operated from the Madrid airfield on the two operating runways, and only Terminal 4 is currently operating; the other three airport terminals remain closed. Of the 400 planned operations, there are currently a total of 117 flights canceled.
Airlines have already warned their passengers that the situation remained difficult this Monday, after much of the weekend the airport was closed.
«Madrid-Barajas operates with many limitations. Do not go to the airport in case of cancellation. At http://iberia.com you can check the status of the flights. Please update your details in Manage your reservation to inform you of any news ”, Iberia explained on its Twitter account.
Regarding the collapse suffered by trucks and how this can affect supply, the minister has assured that the Government’s “commitment” is to guarantee this supply and work is underway to remove objects from the tracks. According to him, a large number of trucks have already been able to reach their destination and in the next few hours the situation will improve.