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Christmas passengers pack high-speed trains from Madrid to Malaga

Passengers arrive at the María Zambrano railway station in Malaga.
Passengers arrive at the María Zambrano railway station in Malaga. / MIGUE FERNÁNDEZ
  • Five of the six AVE services running between the cities on Wednesday operated at double their normal capacity

The Christmas return home by train of Malaga people who live in Madrid peaked on Wednesday afternoon, coinciding with the reopening of mobility between regions.

Of the six trains scheduled from the Spanish capital to the Costa del Sol, five operated in a two train unit configurations, which meant doubling the normal number of seats.

However the railway operator said that the demand was not enough to add extra services to the regular schedules.

Over the festive period Junta de Andalucía regional government has authorised - without the need to present any documentation - the entry and exit of people to the region to “travel to the habitual residence of relatives and close friends” with the aim of allowing family reunions at Christmas.

For this reason, yesterday there were no police controls at the María Zambrano station.

The scene at Malaga's main railway terminal.

The scene at Malaga's main railway terminal. / MIGUE FERNÁNDEZ

There were some very emotional moments in the foyer of the Malaga terminal, where some cases complete families went to greet their loved ones who they had not seen for months.

Roads

The return home of the Malaga people for Christmas was also evident across the province as reported by the traffic control centre. But they reported that circulation was “flowing” and there were no delays.