The Portuguese Railway Infrastructure Manager (REFER) said the closure of the Cáceres branch line was part of Portugal’s Strategic Transport Plan.
Local politicians in Portugal and Spain said Friday, 10 August, they would hold a joint protest over the closure of the Cáceres branch line that is forcing the overnight Madrid sleeper train to change its route.
The Portuguese Railway Infrastructure Manager (REFER) said the closure was part of the guidelines established in the Portuguese government’s Strategic Transport Plan.
The 80 km section of track between Torre de Vargens and the Spanish border was only used by this one international service and some freight trains.
CP, the Portuguese train operator, said Friday the change-over would save millions as electric traction could now be used for the entire journey rather than having a diesel locomotive pull the electric train over the non-electrified branch line.
The departure and arrival times remain unchanged.