PALMA FROM 14th of this month, trains running between Palma and Inca will be scheduled every 20 minutes on working days of the week. Regional Transport minister, Gabriel Vicens, making the announcement yesterday said the improved service - which is set to go electric in 2010 - has been made possible because of maximising investment in rolling stock which currently stands at 22 diesel trains. The minister said that with timetable restructuring, it had been possible to free up one train to operate in the event of major delays. As of a week today, there will be 49 daily departures serving both destinations. Vicens recognised the fact that up until now, the frequency of trains on this section of railway had been variable but that now with a fixed schedule, it is aimed to relieve the congestion that the tracks have been suffering from, particularly first thing in the morning.

With regard to the Palma to Manacor line, Vicens reported that there are now 16 trains a day running on working days and with the implementation of new operations, there will be one extra. Between Inca and Sa Pobla, there will also be an upgrade from 16 to 17 on working days and from 13 to 17 on Sundays and public holidays.