Rail strike this weekend

Slowdown all day Sunday 13 July

A strike by railway personnel will affect travellers in Italy from 21.00 on Saturday evening 12 July to 21.00 the following day, thus covering most of Sunday.

Trenitalia has announced that the “Frecce” flagship services will be guaranteed, but other long-distance trains might be affected, and some have been cancelled. Some regional services might see cancellations or variation in timetables. Travel from Rome Termini station Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) airport will be guaranteed, either by “Leonardo Express” train or by substitute coach services, while last-minute modifications will be announced by Twitter on the account @FSNews_it.

In Milan, Trenord regional rail operator says they do not expect particular problems, but there may be some variations to services which will be announced on the Trenord website and its Twitter accounts, separate for each stretch of track. As of our going to press, the Malpensa airport shuttle service is not expected to be hit; however, when strikes threaten this service, Trenord usually provides a substitute coach service.

Finally, Italo long-distant rail services are expected to be unaffected by the protest. The strike has been called by USB, CAT and CUB unions to demand a reform of pension rules and the renewal of their contracts.