FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) and French Rail Network (RFF) are making considerable progress under the €410m four-year Vigirail project to improve the safety of points and modernise track maintenance according to a report presented to the SNCF board.
A Renfe class 730 train derailed on July 24 on the approach to Santiago de Compostela leaving around 80 dead and dozens injured. The train left the tracks entirely at 20.41 on a curve 4km south of Santiago station, where it was due to call.
FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) says a detached switch fishplate is likely to be cause of the derailment of an inter-city train on July 12 at Brétigny-sur-Orge south of Paris in which six people died and 62 were injured.
PRESIDENT Cristina Fernández of Argentina has appointed Mr Alejandro Ramos as federal transport secretary to replace Mr Juan Pablo Schiavi who resigned following unpopular remarks about a fatal train accident on February 22 in which 50 people died and more than 700 were injured.