The Region reinforces Metro de Madrid service with 60 new train drivers from tomorrow
The Community of Madrid is reinforcing the Metro service with 60 new train drivers on its staff who will be starting their roles on several underground lines tomorrow. These additions are part of the 300 new drivers for the Madrid underground announced by the regional government a year ago.
The Regional Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, Ángel Garrido, welcomed the new professionals this morning, stressing that “reinforcing the workforce is essential within Metro de Madrid's strategy of constant improvement of a public service that is fundamental to the mobility of Madrid's citizens and to be able to deal with the number of passengers that we are convinced will grow again after this crisis."
The new train drivers, including eight women, have received theoretical and practical training specific to the duties they will perform to drive electric trains. The training lasted 330 hours over 44 days and took place in different areas of the underground network, including classrooms, a simulator and depots. These professionals will be distributed over the different Metro lines, both wide and narrow gauge, for which each of them has received specific training.
Over the last couple of months, Metro de Madrid has implemented the measures stipulated by the health authorities regarding the health crisis caused by the coronavirus at all times to ensure the health and safety of students and instructors.
ONE HUNDRED AT THE END OF THE YEAR
On 28 December, Metro de Madrid will add a further 40 train drivers to the team, making the total 100 before the end of the year, in addition to the 45 who started work this summer. The remaining drivers of the 300 pledged will start their roles in the summer of 2021. The new recruits 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.
Garrido pointed out that in the last five years, the regional government has hired over 500 train drivers to reinforce its Metro 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. Thus, in 2019, 100 new drivers joined the company and 145 will have joined by the end of 2020.