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Railway Strikes Cause Commuter Chaos

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A series of planned rail strikes commencing on Friday, November 22, are likely to cause severe disruption for commuters

The strikes, called by Renfe and Adif, will begin due to the uncertainty generated among the staff by the transfer of Rodalies to the Generalist, agreed upon by the PSOE and ERC.

In total, strikes have been called for November 24 and 30, and December 1, 4, and 5, affecting Cercanías trains (Rodalies in Catalonia), Media Distancia, AVE, and Long Distance.

In order to ensure the mobility of passengers and goods, the Ministry of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda has established minimum services during the strike day.

As reported on the Renfe website, the cancelled trains – departing from Malaga to Madrid – will be at 8:05, 11:58, and 17:57. There will also be cancellations for trains destined for Malaga, departing from Madrid at 8:25, 10:25, and 16:35.

Regarding Cercanías, the Ministry’s resolution establishes that 75% of trains will operate during peak hours (from 06:00 to 09:00, from 14:00 to 16:00, and from 18:30 to 20:30), while 50% will operate during the rest of the day. For Media Distancia trains, it is expected that 65% of them will operate, and for AVE-Long Distance trains, 72%.

FAQ for Travelers: Can I Cancel My Ticket?

For AVE/Long Distance and Media Distancia travellers whose trains are not included in the minimum services, Renfe has introduced the following post-sale measures:

  • Travellers affected by cancelled trains will be offered, whenever possible, to travel on another train at the closest time to the one purchased.
  • If they do not wish to travel, they can cancel or change their ticket for another date at no cost. Cancellations or changes can be made through all Renfe sales channels.
  • The minimum services resolution, available on the Renfe website and at 912 320 320, includes all Media Distancia and Ave/Long Distance trains that will operate normally on that day at their usual schedule.

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