Since last Thursday, September 30, the strike convened by the Spanish Union of Train Machinists and Railway Helpers (SEMAF) and the railway union of the Intersindical Confederation has forced Renfe has establish some minimum services to provide its train users during the days October 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 and 12. However, the unexcused absences of a large number of drivers, especially in Valencia and in Catalonia, have prevented a significant number of trips planned by the company during the first days of the stoppages.
The strike it is called «on days of great movement of travelers coinciding with the mobility of working days, the beginning of weekends and the October 12 bridge», As indicated by Renfe, and affects both the Cercanías and the Medium Distance, Long Distance and Freight services.
During the days of the strike in which more passenger movement is expected, due to the national holiday of Columbus Day and the Pilar bridge In certain regions, from October 7 to 12, a minimum service of Surroundings 75% during peak hours and a maximum of 50% of the current service during the rest of the day. Thus, on high-frequency lines (those with more than 6 trains per hour) at rush hour, a train is established in each direction every 20 minutes, without in any case exceeding 50% of the normal service. In the rest of the lines, one train per direction per hour will be guaranteed as long as it does not exceed 50% of the normal service.
On the other hand, in Medium Distance trains an average of 65% of current services is established. Thus, during the days 7, 8, 11 and 12 of October they will be affected 1,606 trains, and will circulate in minimum services 1,046.
In those of High Speed and Long Distance, the minimum service is established at 72%. Therefore, out of a total of more than 1,100 trains scheduled for the next days of unemployment, approximately 800 routes will be maintained.
With respect to Freight trains, a percentage of 26% of the usual service is established.
Nevertheless, Renfe recommends consulting their Twitter accounts @InfoRenfe, @CercaniasMadrid, @CercaniasVLC and @rodalies or calling 912 320 320 to answer any questions, since due to the unjustified absences of the drivers, it has not always been possible to comply with the services provided.