THE rail service between Sineu and Manacor finally reopened yesterday after remaining closed for 10 months following a train accident between the two stations in May last year.

On Wednesday of last week, investigation and reports on the retaining wall which had collapsed and caused the derailment of the train, were finally completed and a court in Inca gave the green light for the line to reopen.

The mound of earth which had been loosened by poor drainage and other structural deficiencies is now several metres away from the track to ensure that such an incident can never reoccur. More than 30 people were injured in the accident, some seriously. It was the second of its kind along the same stretch of track.

However, works remain ongoing at the side of the reopened line because eventually a second line will be built to allow for two-way rail traffic.
Following the restarting of the service yesterday, people using the Majorcan Railway Services (SFM) stations at Sineu, Petra, Sant Joan and Manacor heaved a sigh of relief.

Those wanting to reach stations on the line to Inca and Palma, or in the opposite direction to Manacor have had to be ferried through the non-operative stations by coach for the whole ten months.