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Train strikes in Italy

With the February holidays upon us, many are set to depart this weekend for destinations both near and far. For those planning an 'easy' trip to Italy, there may be a need to reorganise your departure. A national train strike is scheduled for 8 - 9 February. Here we look at the details because the strike does not concern all trains. Either way, it's confusing. 

According to the Trenitalia website, there is a national staff strike from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday 8 February 2019. During the union protest, long-distance and regional trains could be cancelled or modified. However, they say that the Freccia services (the high-end fast trains) will be guaranteed in any case.

On the regional lines, some services are expected to be provided according to the normal schedule and high traffic commuter trains (6:00, 9:00, 18:00, 21:00) will be guaranteed. 

During the strike, the connection between Roma Termini and Fiumicino airport will be guaranteed, either by "Leonardo Express" train or by replacement buses. 

In addition to the train staff, the sales and assistance sector of Trenitalia will be on strike from 3 a.m. on Friday 8/2 to 2 a.m. on Saturday 9/2. This means the tickets windows at the rail stations will be unavailable, but the automatic machines will be fully functional and tickets can also be purchased through the Trenitalia website and app. 

Trenitalia Liguria staff will be on their own strike from 3 am on Friday 8/2 to 2 am on Saturday 9/2. A strike was called by Trenitalia S.p.A.'s Machine and Onboard Staff on long-distance trains at the Genoa station. Currently, there are two Intercity trains (IC) between Ventimiglia and Milan that are marked as cancelled: 

TRAIN FROM DEPARTS DESTINATION ARRIVAL STATUS
IC 659/660 MILANO CENTRALE 09:10 VENTIMIGLIA 12:58 CANCELLED
IC 681/682 VENTIMIGLIA 17:03 MILANO CENTRALE 20:50 CANCELLED

 

The strike apparently does not affect regional trains, which should still be running according to schedule (expect delays anyway).

Up to date mobility information can be found at on the Trenitalia website: https://www.trenitalia.com/tcom/Informazioni/Infomobilit%C3%A0/Notizie-I...

 

-NR