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The Community of Madrid asks to meet with the Government after the third derailment in Atocha in 13 days

The Government of the Community of Madrid has returned this Friday to request an emergency meeting with the Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Óscar Puente, to address the situation of the Cercanías in the region which, in his opinion, “is deteriorating day by day” and adds three derailments in thirteen days.

“There are already three in less than two weeks. “What is Pedro Sánchez’s Government waiting to do something?”wrote the Madrid Minister of Housing, Transport and Infrastructure, Jorge Rodrigo, on the social network X.

Train circulation was partially interrupted today from 00:50 a.m., when a Renfe Cercanías train that was traveling between the Airport-Príncipe Pío stations suffered a road departure of an axis at the entrance to the Atocha station, which forced circulation on a single track in the Atocha-Recoletos section.

After the incident, in which there were no injuries, the train service was restored on both tracks at 06:44, hours after partial repair of the damaged infrastructure, which allowed the recovery of the usual service on Cercanías and on the medium and long distance trains that circulate on this section, Renfe indicated in a note.

He last Tuesdayafter the second derailment on the eve of the beginning of the Constitution Bridge, the Madrid councilor already called for an “urgent meeting” with Puente so that measures are taken in order to “guarantee the security” of Cercanías Madrid, whose service, according to Rodrigo, “It is deteriorating day by day.”

That day a train on line C10 coming from Villalba left the track around 2:20 p.m. when he was going to enter Atocha. Although there were no serious injuries, of the 180 passengers who were on the train five had to be treated for lower back pain and bruisesof which three were transferred to hospitals for evaluation, according to Emergencies Madrid.

The first of the three derailments occurred last November 26. That day, the Recoletos station remained closed after an Intercity train left the track and the Madrid Cercanías service was provided with delays until the next day.

Late this Friday afternoon, in a statement from the Ministry of Transportation Renfe and Adif reported that train circulation was suspended on the Atocha-Recoletos section to advance the carrying out of tests that had been planned, related to the behavior of the rolling stock (train) on the track.

These tests will be carried out with a double-decker train and will include passing through the changes of routes 4 and 5 of Atocha Cercanías. As a consequence of this suspension of the service, and until further notice, the circulation of the Cercanías Madrid lines has been rescheduled.

Renfe has also established an alternative transportation plan for medium and long-distance trains that originate or destination Alcázar of San Juan, Jaén, Almería or Extremadura:

  • The trains to Almería, Jaén or Extremadura will leave Chamartín and will travel along an alternative route, called ‘contour’, towards Villaverde Bajo. There, the trains will wait for travelers who originated in Atocha, who will leave on Cercanías to Villaverde Bajo, where they will transfer to the train to their destination.
  • Travelers originating in Almería, Jaén, Alcázar de San Juan and Extremadura will reach Aranjuez or Leganés, respectively, and there they will transfer to Cercanías trains to Atocha.

Renfe is informing through all its communication and customer service channels and will provide sufficient notice of the normalization of circulations.

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