The second day of the Renfe train drivers’ strike called by the Semaf union began with “generalized delays” in the Cercanías service in several cities in Spain, especially in Madrid and Catalonia, which has caused moments of tension and insults to machinists.
The Renfe and Cercanías huega the Rodalies has almost completely collapsed in Catalonia. The drivers are not complying with the minimum services and several trains have not left the depots or the stations, where some have been detained for long minutes.
This situation has forced to close, as also happened on Thursday, several train stations to avoid large crowds. In Sants a security device has been created to control the platforms, crowded with people from the first hour.
Good morning, derived from the breach of minimum services by a group of drivers, the Rodalies service has started irregularly.
– Rodalies Catalunya (@rodalies) October 1, 2021
Insults to machinists
Similar situation in Madrid, where they have registered strong delays for the failure of the drivers, according to Renfe, of the agreed minimum services.
As reported by Renfe, at least 34 Cercanías trains have not circulated when they were expected to. Added to this is a technical incident at the Chamartín station.
In fact, Madrid has experienced difficult times. For example, in one of the trains the driver has left the cabin and left the passengers practically lying in the Atocha station. Several of the travelers have yelled and insulted him.
It is one thing to strike and another to hesitate to the users with the departure of the trains in Atocha, the drivers without warning and laughing at the people … @CercaniasMadrid pic.twitter.com/E8fbS9PMGF
— Dani Wells (@KeyserWells) September 30, 2021
The Renfe strike is mainly affected by Cercanías, something that is leaving images of crowds on the platforms of stations such as Nuevos Ministerios and Atocha. Also in cities such as Parla, Alcorcón, Getafe and others in the north of the Community of Madrid.
Right now in Atocha, momumental traffic jam on Vias 1 and 2 (Chamartin and Airport) due to the Renfe Machinists’ strike. pic.twitter.com/vG3beAHH5j
— 𝙀𝙈𝙋𝙀𝙍𝘼𝘿𝙊𝙍 𝙎𝙄𝙇𝙑𝙀𝙍 🏳️🌈🐾 (@xEmp3ror) October 1, 2021
The Renfe strike started this Thursday September 30th and it will be extended for seven more days in October: Friday 1, Monday 4, Tuesday 5, Thursday 7, Friday 8, Monday 11 and Tuesday 12, a national holiday throughout Spain.
Given this, the Ministry of Transport has decreed some minimum services that will be mandatory and that will vary depending on the city and timetables.
- Surroundings: 75% in rush hour and 50% in the rest of the day.
- Middle distance: 65% of the usual services.
- AVE and Long Distance: 72%
- Freight trains: 24% of the usual service.
The trains of Surroundings they will have a minimum of 75% services in peak hours and between 75 and 50% in off-peak hours. These are the rush hour schedules in Cercanías:
- From 6:00 a 9:00
- From 13:30 a 15:30
- From 18:30 a 20:30
Is my train affected?
If you want to know if your train is affected by the Renfe strike you should refer to this PDF.
From page 33 the list of trains that have been canceled appears, for days.
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