The damage caused to the Vélez-Málaga tram system in July when a crane brought down 1,000 metres power lines and damaged supporting brackets has been assessed at €210,000.
The Mayor, Francisco Delgado Bonilla, has ordered the legal services of the Council to register a claim with the vehicle’s insurance company for the immediate repair of the damage.
The claim also includes the costs incurred by Emvipsa and Travelsa to remove the downed cables and ensure that the track was safe for use as well as the loss of revenue while the service was interrupted. The tram service was suspended for two hours and forty-five minutes as a result of the accident.
The accident occurred on the stretch of track between Parque Jurado Lorca and the Rubertor roundabout, part of the second phase of the tram system which, although completed over two years ago, has not yet entered service to to financial problems and wranglings between the Council and the tram operator, Travelsa.
However, this second phase was apparently going to be opened in November this year according to the Council but the accident means that there will be a further delay. The second phase of the tram is deemed vital to the success of the project.