More than a hundred of small spanish train stations They will lose one of their reference elements: The ticket office. Renfe has confirmed that, since yesterday and progressively, It will close the physical points of sale of tickets of its stations with fewer passengers. Andalusia, with 18 stations; Castilla-La Mancha (14) and Extremadura (12) are the most affected communities.
The operator’s plan is to assume the face-to-face sales «in stations that have, in general, traffic exceeding 100 daily travelers», explain company sources. The rest will feature machines self sales, which will be installed in those units where there is not yet. Travelers will also have the possibility to buy their tickets through renfe.com, the Renfe Ticket app, the telephone purchase and through the auditors On board trains, these sources add. You can also make your purchase in person at Post offices, add. For any questions, the company remembers that travelers have a telephone service number that will be indicated at the station.
In Andalusia, the closures will affect the stations of Beojan-Montejaque, Calañas, Campillos, Cortes de la Frontera, Espeluy, Gaucin, Guadalcanal, Guadix, Jabugo-Galaroza, Jimena de la Frontera, Jimera de Libar, Jodar-Ubeda, La Palma del Condado , Osuna, Pedrera, Posadas and San Roque de La Línea. In Rabanales University Campus there are already machines. In Castilla la Mancha, to Almadén, Campo de Criptana, Illescas, La Roda, Oropesa de Toledo, Torrijos, Carboneras de Guadazaón, Cuenca, Hellín, Huete, Tarancón. In Almagro, Manzanares, Santa Cruz de Múdele there are already self-selling machines. In Estremadura, the affected stations are those of Almendralejo, Cabeza del Buey, Cañaveral, Casatejada, Castuera, Don Benito, Llerena, Mirabel, Monfragüe and Zafra. In Montijo and Villanueva there are already machines.
In Galicia the ticket offices of ten stations, those of Burela, Cerdido, Guillarei, O Carballiño, Redondela, Ribadavia, Ribadeo, San Sadurniño, Sarria and Viveiro will be closed. In Catalonia, the measure will be applied to nine stops: Altafulla-Tamarit, Bell-Lloc D’Urgel, Cervera, Flix, Montblanc, Riba-Roja D’Ebre, Tarrega and Valls, while in Mora de la Nova and Ribes de Freser there are already self-selling machines Eight seasons Aragonese and Asturian They will also run out of lockers. Specifically, those of Ariza, Ayerbe, Calahorra, Canfranc, Jaca, Sabiñánigo, Samper de Calanda and Tardienda in the first and those of Arriondas, Figaredo, Llanes, Luarca, Navia, Nueva, Posada and Ribadesella in the second. In Cantabria There are already machines in Cabezón de la Sal, Maliaño la Vidriera and Reinosa and they will also be put in Barreda and Unquera. In Valencia the measure will affect Camporobles and Ontinyent, in Murcia to Cieza and in Navarre to Tafalla.
Renfe’s measure has been harshly criticized by the unions. CC OO ensures that sales and face-to-face information are “two services that citizens demand.” According to the complaint, online sales or self-selling machines “do not adapt to the type of travelers who use these trains.” The measure, they say, is “one more turn” in Renfe’s strategy of betting on the AVE and abandonment of conventional railways. For the CGT, it is “a new lethal blow to the public and social railroad.” For Renfe, the criticisms are somewhat exaggerated. The company says that “the Madrid subway has almost no ticket offices, with more than 1.5 million passengers a day,” and it works without major shocks.