Rail services returned to normal in the Murcia region on Sunday, only for buses to be reinstated on Monday after tracks were invaded by protestors against plans for the high-speed AVE line to run through Murcia City on temporary overground tracks.

Vandals last week damaged the track and signals at Santiago el Mayor last week, as part of a campaign to stop the current AVE development plans for Murcia City.

Over 600 thousand euro of damage was caused by the violent protesters last week, with the Murcia-Alicante outer suburban line affected, as well as other medium and long-distance routes, including links from Cartagena.

Rail operator RENFE had run replacement coach services until Sunday, but it was forced to put them back on, with the road services restarting for passengers travelling from Murcia City, Cartagena, Torre Pacheco’s Balsicas station, and Orihuela.

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