TWO INCIDENTS due to unconnected reasons caused delays on Line 2 of the Alicante TRAM service on Wednesday morning. Both lasted around half an hour and both during the middle of the morning rush hour.
The first occurred between the stations of Gastón Castelló and Colonia Santa Isabel early in the morning, when the tram driver noticed that there was a man lying on the platform. The tram stopped at the station where it was discovered that the man was only asleep.
However, the local police had been called and the train didn’t leave the station for about 30 minutes.
In the second incident which happened around 9.00am, passengers travelling on the tram heading towards the Alicante terminus station at Luceros were also trapped for half an hour, in the dark and without air conditioning, in the tunnel that connects the Marq and Mercado Central stations.
An electrical fault had caused the breakdown and, according to the local train authorities (FGV), no evacuation of the passengers took place as there was no platform nearby and it was believed that the repair would be short.
There was a certain amount of panic on the tram, confirmed by one of the passengers José María Hernández who had only just boarded the tram at the Marq Station.
“The tram was full of people at that time and we thought that anything could happen to us such as another train hitting us from behind. Thankfully, the train began moving again.”
These incidents come in the same week that TRAM, the company that operates the train service between Alicante and Denia, announced continuing record figures for the month of June.
A grand total of 1,142,369 passengers used the five different lines during last month – an increase of 4.7 per cent compared with 12 months ago when 1,090,441 travelled.
Line 2, the affected line in the incidents on Wednesday morning, which links Luceros with San Vicente del Raspeig, was the most used with 412,249 passengers.