A high-speed train at the María Zambrano station in Malaga. / SALVADOR SALAS

Renfe announces train cancellations as drivers strike on three more dates

Some AVE high-speed services, medium-distance and local routes will be hit on 8, 11 and 12 October

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The fifth day of a series of strikes by Renfe train drivers this Thursday, 7 October, caused the cancellation of eight AVE high-speed trains that cover the route between Malaga and Madrid and of four Avant medium-distance trains that connect Malaga with Seville. Meanwhile, the Cercancias local services operated at 75 per cent of normal levels, according to the data provided by Renfe.

Further planned strikes by Renfe train drivers will continue to hit some of the national rail operator’s services on 8, 11 and 12 October which includes Spain’s National Day public holiday.

The stoppages have been called for by the drivers’ union Semaf and will affect routes in Malaga province.

Hish-speed trains

Ahead of Friday’s action on 8 October Renfe has already announced the cancellation of fourteen trains in Malaga - specifically, ten AVE high-speed trains that cover the Malaga-Madrid route and four other medium-distance services between Malaga and Seville.

The AVE trains that will not operate had scheduled departure times from Malaga’s María Zambrano station at 12 noon, 2pm, 5pm, 6pm and 8pm. The affected trains coming from Spain’s capital are those at 9.35 am, 12.35 pm, 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm.

Local commuter services

On the high-speed and long-distance routes, a minimum service of 72 per cent has been set, while the local commuter trains, such as between Malaga and Fuengirola, will be operating at 75 per cent of normal service at peak times and at 50 per cent during the rest of the day.

The Junta de Andalucía’s delegate in Malaga, Patricia Navarro, has this Thursday morning (7 October), criticised the central government, who she blamed for the poor quality of the Cercanías local train service in the province. “It is reducing not only the trains, but it is also reducing the workforce of drivers. This will cause more than 32,000 train users in Malaga to have their mobility and transport options hit”, she claimed.