Metro de Madrid will have 100 new train drivers before the end of the year
Metro de Madrid will have one hundred new train drivers before the end of the year. This was announced today by the Community of Madrid’s Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure and Metro President, Ángel Garrido, who explained that the next 60 new train drivers will begin their training next Monday. These professionals are expected to join the Madrid underground workforce on 19 November.
In October, another 40 train drivers will begin training courses, which will start on 22 December, coinciding with the start of the Christmas period. These 100 new train drivers are part of the 300 new contracts that Metro is going to close in the coming months, so that all of them will be incorporated into the staff before the summer of 2021.
"We are fulfilling our commitment to strengthen the staff of Metro de Madrid in order to improve the quality of an essential public transport service such as that provided by the Madrid underground. The training that the new train drivers are going to receive will be carried out on different premises and with all the preventive measures stipulated by the health authorities to guarantee the health and safety of students and teachers", said Garrido, who visited the Metro shop at Plaza de Castilla station this morning.
THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL TRAINING
From Monday, future drivers will receive theoretical and practical training specific to the functions they will perform over two and a half months (9 weeks), for a total of 330 hours spread over 44 days. The new drivers will be distributed over the different Metro lines, both wide and narrow gauge, for which each of them will receive specific training.
The Minister stressed that the Regional Government continues to work to improve the service that Metro provides and to this end, one of the priority objectives is to strengthen the train driver workforce. The new recruitment will make it possible to surpass the historical maximum number of professionals from this group who have worked in the Madrid underground network, which was 2,078 train drivers in 2011.
In the last five years Metro has hired more than 500 train drivers to reinforce its staff, which is essential in order to enable the underground to optimally adapt its offer to meet the demand of passengers, which varies according to the circumstances and the time of year.
For that reason, last year 100 new drivers joined and this summer another 45 have done so. Specifically, at the end of July, 30 new professionals started work and on the 15 August the remaining 15 joined.
THE REPLICA OF THE METRO RHOMBUS, A SALES SUCCESS
Garrido visited the Plaza de Castilla Metro shop to see the new products that have been added to the public sales catalogue, such as the replica of Metro's iconic rhombus, of which the underground company has produced a second edition after its sales success. The Madrid underground made an initial production of 150 pieces, which went on sale on 30 July and sold out in just 10 days.
To date, 217 units have been sold, 20% of them to customers outside Madrid, through the online shop, which shows the relevance and recognition of the logo throughout Spain.
In addition to the traditional model with the colours white, red and blue, Metro has also made a second edition of 50 units with the LGTBI colours, similar to the sign installed at the entrance of the Chueca station. Both rhombuses can now be purchased at the Metro shops in Sol and Plaza de Castilla stations, as well as on the Metro online shop (www.latiendademetrodemadrid.com)..
In July, Metro also released 200 prints by the illustrator Paco Roca, with the same image displayed on the mural located in the Plaza de Castilla station. This is a limited and numbered series of a charming work dedicated to the elderly, which has also been very well received.
Another product that has had a great impact on customers at the Metro shop are the masks representing the underground lines, of which more than 650 units have been sold in a month. As of this month other articles from the new LGTBI product line have also been incorporated, such as magnets, key rings or pins. Helmets or thermos flasks are also expected to be available shortly, and will be added to the multicoloured T-shirts and rhombuses launched for Pride 2020.