Several people waited in vain for a bus in Horní Počernice on Monday morning. They only found out on the spot that the train would not arrive. In this part of Prague, the problem concerns dozens of connections on two bus lines. “I try to drive earlier, but it didn’t quite work out today,” said one of the passengers, Jan Bukolský.
In Prague and central Bohemia, twelve lines did not operate. Eight of them were urban. The problems started last week with the start of the school year. After the weekend, the situation improved as drivers returned from holidays and sick days. Arriva continues to have the biggest shortage of drivers.
“We are trying to replenish the ranks of drivers by training new ones, for which we will pay the driving school, but unfortunately, the situation is not easy in the exhausted labor market,” explained Jan Holub, the spokesperson of the transport company. Five new trained drivers have been driving since Monday. According to Holub, there are many people interested in the course, but not all of them complete it.
PID adjusts timetables
Prague integrated transport also tries to hide connections in such a way that the impact on passengers is as small as possible. “From Wednesday, we are adjusting the timetable of the supplementary line 224 to save four drivers, which could certainly help. But we will ask the carrier to take further measures so that the situation stabilizes as soon as possible,” announced Filip Drápal, spokesman for Prague Integrated Transport.
Passengers can find up-to-date information about canceled connections on the website of Prague Integrated Transport or its information line.