Rail strike to hit Milan

24-hour stoppage to affect transport 29-30 September.

Labour unions have confirmed a 24-hour strike of railway workers starting at 21.00 on Thursday 29 September and lasting until the same hour on Friday 30 September.

The major discomfort will be on local and regional travel, while on long-distance tracks both Trenitalia’s “Frecce” lines and the “Italo” trains of NTV will guarantee a partial service.

Milan-based regional network Trenord, however, advises that services will be affected, causing delays, variations and cancellations, and has said it will publish a list of confirmed services on its website before the start of the industrial action.

In particular, the Malpensa airport Express is likely to be hit, and to be substituted by a coach shuttle. Travellers should be aware that the road journey to and from Malpensa takes longer than by rail, and moreover reaches only Milan’s Cadorna station, and not Milano Centrale.

Trenord assures passengers that trains departing before the protest action starts at 21.00 and scheduled to arrive before 22.00 will run normally.

In addition, in compliance with Italian law, at least a minimum service will be guaranteed during the commuter rush hours of 06.00 to 09.00 and 18.00 to 21.00.