Metro Madrid to halve number of trains in service after 11pm

Move comes as company considers earlier shutdown of service four nights a week

Metro Madrid has announced it is to slash services on all lines of the network by 50 percent after 11pm, thereby doubling waiting times. The company announced earlier this year that it is considering bringing forward the shutdown of the subway to 12am from 2am four nights a week from Sunday to Wednesday.

Metro Madrid justified the new reduction in services on a 12-percent decrease in overall demand since 2007, according to official figures. The latest cutback represents six percent of the entire service and follows a series of ticket price hikes. An 11-percent rise in May preceded a two-percent hike in September, the biggest price increases in a decade. Labor unions have called fresh partial subway strikes for October 22, 26 and 29.

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