15 October 2010

Next strikes in Italy

STOP PRESS - The transport strikes scheduled for Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd October have now been called off. According to the Ministry of Transport, trains and local transport should be running normally.

A transport strike is scheduled to take place in a week's time in Italy. A strike will affect railway services from 9pm on 21st October until 9pm on 22nd October. Other forms of transport, such as local buses, will strike on 22nd October - the timing and severity of disruption will vary from place to place.

If you're due to be in Italy next Friday, it would be preferable to organise your plans so you can stay in one place that day, and explore on foot. Some trains may run - there is usually a minimum 'guaranteed' service - but it may be risky to rely on these. Check on the websites of local transport firms for how Friday's strike will affect their services.

This strike was postponed from a previous date, and may still be postponed or cancelled, so travellers should check the latest updates on the websites below.

There is a general transport strike scheduled for 29th October, which will affect air travel and could cause serious disruption to international travellers.

Alitalia staff, as normal, are planning repeated strikes - details via the Ministry of Transport link below. And another railway strike is threatened for 6th November.

> Italian Ministry of Transport strike calendar
> 'Guaranteed' trains during railway strikes (click on the link provided to see an Italian page with lists of long-distance and local trains which should, in theory, operate)

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