Broken water pipe and fog cause Madrid travel chaos on roads and rail

A broken water pipe caused chaos to Madrid commuters on Tuesday morning forcing cancellations and delays to trains on five circanías routes as well as Line 1 on the Metro.

Broken water pipe and fog cause Madrid travel chaos on roads and rail
DGT camera shows fog on the A-6 into Madrid. Photo: DGT

Emergency work carried out to fix the problem meant metro trains were not running between Tirso de Molna and Atocha Renfe stations on Line 1 in either direction although normal service resumed by 9am.

And commuters using the Cercanías on lines C1, C2, C7, C8 and C10 also faced cancellations and delays between Recoletos and Atocha stations.

The Cercanías route to the airport was diverted to Chamartin. 

Traffic was also blocked in both directions through the Emperador Carlos V tunnel between Atocha and Embajadores causing traffic jams.

Those using the A-6 to come into Madrid also faced long lines of traffic as fog reduced visibility and forced the closure of the central bus lane into the capital.

The DGT reported queues of up to 24 km between Galapagar and the Puerta Hierro on the A-6and recommended using the M-50 as an alternative route.



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Madrid police end escaped camels’ night on the town

Eight camels and a llama took to the streets of Madrid overnight after escaping from a nearby circus, Spanish police said on Friday.

A camel in a zoo
A file photo of a camel in a zoo. Photo: ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

It was not immediately clear how the long-legged runaways managed to get out but Quiros Circus, which owns them, blamed sabotage by animal rights activists.

They were spotted at around 5:00 am wandering around the southern district of Carabranchel close to where the circus is currently based.

“Various camels and a llama escaped from a circus in Madrid overnight,” Spain’s national police wrote on Twitter, sharing images of eight two-humped camels and a llama hanging around a street corner.

“Police found them and took care of them so they could be taken back safe and sound,” they tweeted.

There was no word on whether the rogue revellers, who are known for spitting, put up any resistance when the police moved in to detain them.

Mati Munoz, one of the circus’ managers, expressed relief the furry fugitives — Bactrian camels who have two humps and thick shaggy coats – had been safely caught.

“Nothing happened, thank God,” he told AFP, saying the circus had filed a complaint after discovering the electric fence around the animals’ enclosure had been cut.

“We think (their escape) was due to an act of sabotage by animal rights groups who protest every year.”

Bactrian camels (camelus bactrianus) come from the rocky deserts of central and eastern Asia and have an extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions.

These days, the vast majority of them are domesticated.