The circulation of trains on the North line, which has been interrupted since Friday because of a railway accident, should be reestablished today, said Infrastructures of Portugal.
The company had initially informed that the reestablishment of circulation in the two lanes was scheduled for Monday, but clarified that it is “in the course of today”.
“Infraestruturas de Portugal informs that it is foreseen that it will be possible to reestablish circulation on both roads during the course of today, Sunday”, says the company in a note sent to the Lusa agency.
The company adds that it was possible to reestablish “at the beginning of the day, at 1:45 am, the circulation through the descending route in the section of the Northern Line between Pombal and Alfarelos”, after carrying out the repair works of the road and catenary at the exit of the Soure Station.
“Railway circulation takes place via this route in an alternating way in both directions and the speed reduction at 30 Km / h between Km 185.7 and Km 186.250 has been implemented”, refers to Infraestrutura de Portugal.
An Alfa Pendular train carrying 212 passengers derailed on Friday in the municipality of Soure, district of Coimbra. The accident caused two deaths and 44 injuries, eight of which were serious.
According to an information note from the Office for the Prevention and Investigation of Aircraft Accidents and Railway Accidents (GPIAAF), to which the Lusa agency had access, a Catenary Conservation Vehicle, in which two people followed – the two mortal victims -, passed a red light and entered the Northern Line, having been rammed by the Alfa Pendular train.
The train was going south-north to Braga and the derailment occurred after the collision between the Alfa Pendular and a working machine, near the village of Soure, near the town of Matas.
HN (JMC) // EA
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