Commuter users crowd in front of the exit stairs at Sants station, this Monday. [ALBERT GARCIA]Albert garcia

A morning of chaos. The rain and the third day of the Renfe machinists’ strike collapsed on Monday the entrance to the entrance roads to the city of Barcelona. There have been long queues in the two rounds that give access to the city, as well as in sections of the C-31, C-32 and C-58, and at points on the A-2 and AP-7. For its part, the Renfe strike, called by the Union of Railway Machinists (Semaf), has offered a minimum of 53% services, according to Rodalies sources. However, unlike the first two days, which lasted 24 hours, the partial strike stipulated for today has allowed the situation to improve after 9 a.m.

Among the most saturated highways, the B-20 and the B-10 at the Trinitat and Llobregat junctions have stood out, where up to 12 kilometers of queues were concentrated. While the AP-7 has had six kilometers of retentions in Cerdanyola del Vallès, according to the Catalan Traffic Service. On the C-31 there have also been six kilometers of cars near Sant Adrià del Besòs, at the junction with the B-10. On the C-32, in addition to the three kilometers of cars at Cornellà de Llobregat, two lanes have also been cut due to an accident. Meanwhile, on the C-58 there have been six kilometers of traffic jam in Ripollet, as well as a lane that is not operating. The queues in Sant Quirze del Vallès and Badia del Vallès have been four kilometers in each case.

The alterations are repeated in the Rodalies service, according to the entity’s Twitter account. The minimum services were set at 85%, so the minimums established by the Department of Labor of the Generalitat have not been met again. The chaos produced during the first two days of the strike has led many regular Rodalies passengers to use the car to get around. This has contributed, together with the rains, to aggravate the usual traffic delays to enter Barcelona.

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