The Region reinforces Metro de Madrid's workforce with 30 new train drivers
The Region of Madrid incorporates 30 new train drivers to the Metro de Madrid workforce after completing the training period. The Regional Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure of the Region of Madrid, Ángel Garrido, welcomed them today after signing the contracts that will enable them to work on the Madrid underground from tomorrow.
"These new contracts are part of our commitment to continue strengthening the Metro de Madrid workforce. And the incorporation of new train drivers is essential to improve, even more, the quality of the service offered by Metro and to maintain adequate frequencies", Garrido stressed.
The 30 new drivers who signed their contract today will be joined by another 15 in the next few days, who will begin service on 15 August, once the practical classes they are still taking are over. In total, 45 drivers with whom the company will reinforce and further improve the service it already offers to its users.
The new professionals joining Metro de Madrid saw their training classes interrupted with the onset of the health crisis and the extraordinary measures adopted by the declaration of the state of alarm in view of the evolution of the coronavirus. Instructors maintained telematic contact with the students during this time and in June they were able to resume their training, first online and then in person.
The 45 new train drivers will be distributed over the different Metro lines, although they will mainly reinforce wide gauge lines, for which they have received specific training. That is, lines 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 (Metrosur).
Garrido pointed out that in the last five years Metro has hired more than 500 train drivers to reinforce its staff, which is essential to enable the underground to optimally adapt its offer to the demand of passengers, which varies according to the circumstances and the time of year.
The Region of Madrid continues to work to improve the service it provides and to this end, one of the priority objectives is to strengthen the train driver workforce. For this reason, the Regional Government maintains its commitment to hire more than 300 new drivers, which will allow the company to surpass the historical maximum of these professionals in the workforce (2,078 drivers in 2011).