Some 5,000 passengers on some 20 trains have been affected this afternoon due to the impossibility of running the trains that connect Barcelona with Madrid, cities in the north and south of the peninsula and Marseille (France) due to the detachment of a catenary on the high-speed line that joins the Catalan capital with Madrid, Renfe sources report.

The circulation of trains on the Madrid-Zaragoza-Barcelona high-speed line is interrupted due to the detachment of this catenary, as indicated by Adif.

Since 2:55 p.m., a long-distance train from the low-cost rail operator Ouigo, which made the journey from Puerta de Atocha station to Barcelona, ​​has been stopped between the towns of Ariza and Alhama de Aragón, in the province of Zaragoza, as consequence of the fault.

The incident affects all trains on the Madrid-Zaragoza-Barcelona high-speed line and long-distance trains on the AVE Marsella-Puerta de Atocha.

Renfe has indicated that the nearly 20 trains that affect Barcelona due to this breakdown, both departure and arrival, correspond to the AVE that connect with Madrid and Marseille, as well as the Alvia and Avant convoys that cover routes to the south and the north, part of which runs along the high-speed rail.

Renfe is currently studying the alternatives it can offer passengers while “it has offered Ouigo the resources it needs to transfer passengers who are trapped on the train that is stopped in the middle of the AVE track.”

At the moment, the causes that have caused the detachment of the catenary (the line that supplies electricity to the train) or when it will be resolved are unknown, according to Adif sources.

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