Renfe have commented on the movement of high-speed trains (AVE) connecting Madrid to Seville, after 20 hours without service due to the cutting of the track system by heavy rainfall on Monday on the stretch around Yeles La Sagra (Toledo).

Spain's high speed train - the AVEEstimates are that up to 50 litres per square meter fell in just in two hours, which inundated two kilometres of the route. More than 8,000 passengers were affected by the cutting of services, according to the company. In total, 70 trains were cancelled.

The closure of the track, which took place at 9.15 pm., lasted nearly 20 hours; the amount of time it took Adif, the company that manages the railway infrastructure to make repairs.

Adif attributed the cut to the abnormal storm and the company explained in a statement that the rain flooded the track and washed stones onto the tracks nearly covering them.

While the service was interrupted, Renfe enabled its emergency bus service in both directions between the Madrid and Toledo.

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