The cost of train tickets for the commuter trains, middle-distance, Avant and Feve will rise by an average of 1.85% as from January 2015, according to the rail network operator RENFE.
July 31st and August 1st are traditionally the busiest days of the year for travel as millions head off on holiday, so what better time for a rail strike.
Today, Thursday, is a twenty-four hour strike by RENFE workers belonging to the CGT union in protest at plans to divide the rail network into four separate companies.
This is a week of planned strikes by rail workers at Renfe (trains) and Adif (tracks) with the number of Cercanías commuter trains reduced by half between 07:00 and 09:00 on lines in the Madrid region.
The Central Government has already initiated the cuts in unprofitable RENFE rail routes as per the report from Imeco commissioned by the Ministry of Development. In Andalucia, a total of 43 trains will be cut from various routes.
In the first few hours after the introduction of new, reduced prices and discounts, RENFE sold 76,500 tickets for the AVE high-speed trains, representing a 115% increase over the same day last year.
Good news for rail travellers as RENFE have decided to reduce the basic fares on AVE high-speed trains by 11% as from February 8th 2013 as well as offering a number of attractive discounts. The main changes are as follows:
Today, Friday, sees the launch of a new train service between Madrid and Huelva via Extremadura which will operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
RENFE workers have called another strike for tomorrow, Monday, in protest at plans by the rail network operator to split the organisation into four separate companies. Already cancelled are 302 AVE, long and middle distance trains and local trains. Local trains, Cercanias, are expected to run at around 50% of normal.
RENFE, the rail network operator, has cancelled 267 high-speed, long and middle distance trains for Friday as a result of the strike called by unions in protest at the liberalisation of the sector, so if you are travelling on Friday, check that your train is actually scheduled to run.