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President of the Government visits control centre that managed to resume high-speed trains in record time

Friday 15 January 2021

The CRC is a critical infrastructure that coordinates the transport plan established with the railway operators and which meant that, in these complicated days, high-speed trains, as well as those that run on variable gauge tracks, have been able to provide a service in record time.

The CRC operators guided the trains that were en route during last Friday's snowstorm. Although a large number of incidents were recorded, none were serious. Following the interruption to the service on Saturday, all the high-speed lines restored service on Sunday, except the Madrid-Barcelona high-speed line, which re-opened on Monday.

Traffic Regulation Centres

Practically all of the high-speed lines converge at the Regulation Centre at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha station, and accordingly it is known as the central CRC. It was also the first high-speed CRC to enter into service in Spain to manage the first high-speed line from Madrid to Seville in April 1992.

The high-speed CRCs (Madrid-Atocha, Antequera, Zaragoza and Albacete) manage 2,700 of high-speed lines. The Atocha CRC manages 1,017 km.

At the Traffic Regulation Centres, professionals manage the network 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and over recent days some of the Atocha CRC operators have had to spend the night in hotels close to the station given the impossibility of returning home.

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