The suspension this Monday of the high-speed line (AVE) between Madrid and Barcelona, due to the theft of 600 meters of fiber optic cable, generated chaos in the train stations of both cities, and affected 7,200 passengers in full August, the month in which the greatest number of journeys for the summer holidays in Spain is recorded.
The suspension, which caused delays and cuts in 22 trains, lasted five hours, during which travelers were offered alternatives to reach their destinations, while work is being done on the recovery of the line, according to the National Network of Spanish Railways. (Renfe).
The incident took place on a section of the road located between the towns of Figueres Vilafant and l’Arboç, both in the region of Catalonia (northeast), said Adif, the Spanish public administrator of railway infrastructure.
Hours later, the Catalan regional police arrested a 19-year-old man related to the robbery in an area of roads near the affected section.
The agents recovered part of the stolen material on the high-speed line and are keeping the investigation open in case more people were involved.