ERTMS L2 on Madrid-Valencia stretch put in operation early

In a surpising news item published in Spanish newspaper ABC and regional newspapers as well it was announced that due to succesful intermediate results in the homologation of ERTMS L2 between Madrid and Valencia (between Alicante and Albacete), ERTMS may be switched on for commercial (high speed) operation not by December 2013 but three months earlier.

RENFE trains in Madrid

The timing of the news comes days before a congresional hearing about the July 24 accident in Santiago, which revealed problems that the Infrastructure Manager ADIF and operator RENFE had been having in getting ERTMS to work and relied on ASFA instead.