MADRID, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- A strike was held on Monday in Spain's public transport system, affecting trains as well as the Madrid and Barcelona metro.
The strike, which is against cutbacks in services and the government's plans to liberalize and privatize parts of Spain's public transport system, caused the service on long-distance and high-speed (AVE) trains to be reduced to 75 percent of a full service.
Meanwhile, local and regional trains are running on a 50-percent service.
This is the second strike in protest at plans announced by the government to rationalize the public rail service, by splitting Spain's rail network into four different divisions within a 12-month period.
Opposition groups said it would lead to a reduction of services and price rises for customers on some profit-making routes.