ON TRACK: Rail services in south of Spain to resume ‘soon’ after major repairs following floods

RAILWAY: Expats and Spanish joined forces to petition the rail infrastructure company to speed up the work. Photo: Shutterstock

A KEY rail route in southern Spain that was left without trains last October after floods washed away the track last year, will be reinstated ‘soon’.

Railway infrastructure company Adif has announced that construction of a new bridge and repairs are progressing at a good pace and hopes services will start running again at the end of March or beginning of April.

The line between Algeciras and Bobadilla is a key route for freight traffic heading from the container port to Europe but, after a long section of embankment and track was washed away in October, all rail traffic –  including the trains that served the historic ‘City of Dreams’ of Ronda and the Guadiaro Valley – ground to a halt.

Rural tourism businesses along the line of Mr Henderson’s railway have suffered a loss of trade as walkers, who relied on the trains to get them back to their starting points, have not found the replacement bus service to be up to speed.

The famous railway walk was done by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and also featured in Michael Portillo’s BBC Television’s ‘Great Railway Journeys’ series.

Expats and Spanish joined forces to petition the rail infrastructure company to speed up the work and reinstate the passenger service that was a lifeline for many of the communities.

Adif has now assured the mayors of the area that the trains will be able to re-circulate on the line at the end of March or beginning of April as long as the weather does not hinder progress.


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