Passengers wait on a station platform for a Cercanía train. / SALVADOR SALAS

These are the 34 Malaga trains indefinitely slashed by Renfe from Friday, 12 November

The national rail operator has restructured its Cercanías service timetable due to the lack of drivers and has dropped 32 trains that operate between Malaga and Fuengirola and two on the Álora line

ENRIQUE MIRANDA

Faced with the chaos of cancellations, delays and lack of information caused in recent months by the lack of train drivers in Malaga, the national rail operating company Renfe has decided to restructure its timetables and indefinitely cancel some local services.

From this Friday, 12 November, the Cercanías service in Malaga will indefinitely lose a total of 36 trains a day.

The new schedules have been published by Renfe in its stations and they show that 32 services between Malaga and Fuengirola will be lost (16 in each direction) and two on the line to Álora (one in each direction).

Lack of drivers

Renfe says that problem of lack of staff will be solved when the more than 900 drivers, nationally, who are being trained in the coming months are gradually incorporated, although there is no guarantee of when the cancelled trains will be reinstated.

The train operator has counted, from 1 January to 31 October this year, a total of 576 Cercanías trains cancelled in Malaga due to lack of drivers, mostly on the line between Malaga and Fuengirola, one of the most profitable in the country.

C1 line: Malaga - Fuengirola

8.50 am, 9.50 am, 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.10 pm, 1.10 pm, 1.50 pm, 2.50 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm, 5.10 pm, 6.10 pm, 6.50 pm, 7.50 pm, 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm

C1 line: Fuengirola – Malaga

9.40 am, 10.40 am, 11.20 am, 12.20 pm, 1 pm, 2pm, 2.40 pm, 3.40 pm, 4.20 pm, 5.20 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 7.40 pm, 8.40 pm, 9.20 pm and 10.20 pm

C2 line: Malaga - Alora

8.40 pm

C2 line: Álora - Malaga

9.55pm