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Another rail strike leads to more Renfe train delays and cancellations

Local Cercanías services on the Costa del Sol will be hit by the action called by the SFF-CGT union this Friday, 22 October

IGNACIO LILLO

Renfe train services will be hit by a one-day strike called by the SFF-CGT union this Friday, 22 October.

In Malaga the action will cause delays and cancellations on the local Cercanías service, medium-distance trains and the AVE high-speed route to Madrid.

Spain’s Ministry of Transport has ordered a minimum level of services must operate to try to guarantee the mobility of the public on a day traditionally busy with travellers, ahead of the weekend.

On the Cercanías lines, the minimum service will be 75 per cent of the trains at peak hours: from 6am to 9am, from 1.30pm / 2pm to 3.30pm / 4pm, and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. It will be 50 per cent during the rest of the day, according to the railway operator.

Five AVE trains on the Madrid-Malaga route will be affected; two Avant trains between Malaga and Sevilla and another two on the Media Distancia service between the two Andalusian cities. Renfe says it has informed all affected passengers on the cancelled trains in advance, and they have offered seats on alternative services.

Abandoned

In a statement, the CGT union has said it has called the strike to protest the “abandonment of the train in Malaga” where, according to its data, last week passengers suffered the cancellation of almost 100 trains, due to the lack of personnel.

A union demonstration, "The train of horrors", will surround Malaga’s María Zambrano from 11.30am this Friday morning. The strike action will end at 11pm.

Renfe claim that the SFF-CGT union is "the only organiser of the strike" and is a minority, since it has three representatives of the 13 that make up the works council in Malaga.

Travellers who wish to check whether their train is affected can do so at www.renfe.com, by calling 912 320 320 or at the railway station information points.