Thousands stranded as Catalan trains paralysed by cable theft

Catalonia’s high-speed rail network was left paralysed on Thursday after a robbery of fibre-optic cables stranded thousands of passengers.

Trains halted after thieves stole fibre-optic cable in Catalonia.

Trains halted after thieves stole fibre-optic cable in Catalonia. Image by Francesc Genové / CC BY 2.0

The theft meant train staff were unable to communicate and forced Renfe to shut down the network completely. High-speed trains between Barcelona and Madrid and trains heading to the French border were affected by the shut-down. A replacement bus service is now operating. Read more: thelocal.es

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