The Renfe local train service in Malaga has become a real headache for its users, who are becoming fewer and fewer, as many of them opt to use a private vehicle or other transport alternatives to guarantee reaching their destination on time.
And there is no end in sight to the problem with the lack of train drivers this Wednesday, 10 November, forcing a barrage of cancellations on the C-1 line between Malaga and Fuengirola and the C-2 line, between Malaga and Álora.
In recent months it was common for 8, 10 or 12 trains to be cancelled every day, but the situation is getting worse.
This week more than 30 trains have been cancelled on a daily basis and this Wednesday the number will reach 40. In Malaga the normal Cercanías service on the C-1 line is 140 daily journeys, but this Wednesday one in three of these trains will not depart.
The cancellations, reported by Renfe in the 'notices' section of its mobile application, are 36 on the C-1 line and four on the C-2. But, curiously, these cancelled services are not reflected on its website, which continues to show normal operating hours, confusing passengers.
These are the trains that are cancelled for this Wednesday, 10 November, as reported by the Renfe app "for technical reasons":
Line C-1 (Fuengirola)
Departures from Malaga: 5.55 am, 6.50 am, 7.10 am, 7.50 am, 8.30 am, 8.50 am, 10.30 am, 11.10 am, 12.10 pm, 1.50 pm, 5.50 pm, 6.10 pm, 7.50 pm, 8.50 pm, 9.10 pm, 9.30 pm, 10.30 pm and 11.00 pm
Departures from Fuengirola: 6.45 am, 7.40 am, 8.00 am, 8.40 am, 9.20 am, 9.40 am, 11.20 am, 12.00 pm, 1.00 pm, 2.40 pm, 6.40 pm, 7.00 pm, 8.40 pm, 9.40 pm, 10 pm, 10.20 pm, 11.20 pm and 11.50 pm
Line C-2 (Álora)
Departures from Malaga: 9.40 am and 11.40 am
Departures from Álora: 10.55 am and 12.55 pm