Palma railway station was practically deserted by midmorning once train users had heard of the disruption and delays to services.


At 4.30pm yesterday afternoon railway engineers carried out the final checks on repair to the fibre optic signal system to ensure that the island’s rail network could return to normal.

Palma.—The fault in the fibre optic network was eventually located between Enllaç and Llubi stations and was said to have been repaired by 1.45pm.
However, rail services were thrown into chaos during the morning with an estimated 5,000 rail passengers effected.
The  fault provoked delays on average of between ten and 30 minutes, although some services were hit by delays of up to an hour, on services between Palma, Inca, Sa Pobla and Manacor  and severely hit commuter traffic between 6.45am and 11.30am, which is when trains slowly began to run on time.
However, until the final checks were carried out at 4.30pm, train drivers were being advised to drive slower than usual, to switch from automatic to manual in order to ensure the maximum safety and security for passengers.


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