A train running through the reopened line

Spanish railway infrastructure ADIF has reduced the maximum speed through the curve at Angrois, limiting the maximum permitted transit through the bend to just 30 kilometres per hour, reduced from the 80 kilometres per hour limit that the track had when a high speed train derailed killing 79 people.

In addition, they have also set up a new digital warning system, albeit not a fully automatic braking system, with warnings on the approach for drivers to reduce their speed before they reach the fateful bend. The system does allow for the train to automatically brake in the event of the driver ignoring the warnings, which they hope will prevent any future similar incidents, although the recent crash was the worst for some time in Spain´s railway history.

The train operators are also revising a number of protocols, including those relating to the use of mobile phones, in response to recommendations by accident investigators.

Meanwhile, Brazil´s Transport Minister, César Borges, has said that they will not prevent Renfe from participating in the public tender to build its first high-speed line, which will link Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

According to Borges, the Renfe Alvia train that last week derailed in the vicinity of Santiago de Compostela is not a high speed train, as was also explained by Spain´s transport heads, as the train was running on conventional lines, therefore the rules which apply that prevents bidding to operators involved in serious accidents in the last five years do not apply.

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