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Spanish rail operator suspends bullet train service after cable theft

Spanish rail operator suspends bullet train service after cable theft

Monday, August 08, 2022, 15:59 GMT+7
Spanish rail operator suspends bullet train service after cable theft
A passenger walks to board an AVE high-speed train at Antequera-Santa Ana train station, near Antequera, southern Spain June 17, 2013. Photo: Reuters

MADRID -- Spanish state-owned railway operator Renfe suspended the bullet train service between Madrid and Barcelona on Monday morning after cables were stolen, the company said in a statement.

A 19-year-old man was detained after he was found close to train tracks near Santa Oliva in Catalonia, local police said on Twitter.

Police have not ruled out making more arrests, they added.

Renfe established an alternative train route bypassing the high-speed network to take travellers from the capital to the country's second-largest city, Barcelona, the statement said.

The tourism industry's vigorous post-pandemic recovery this summer has stretched Spain's transport infrastructure, as it has in other European countries, leaving it vulnerable to any kind of disruption.

Reuters

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