What you need to know about Europe’s summer transport strikes

Some European countries will be hit by transport strikes this summer with a number due to kick in as early as this week. To prepare you for any disruptions, we’ve identified what places are affected and when.


Italy

On Wednesday, a strike will affect major public transport networks throughout Italy. In Rome the ATAC network, which operates the metro, buses, trams and some light rail services, will suffer disruptions from 12.30pm until 4.30pm. Transport workers from Roma TPL are also expected to strike and as such delays and cancellations will affect certain suburban rail lines like Roma-Lido, Roma-Viterbo and Termini-Centocelle.

According to La Republica local public transport networks will also be affected in Milan, Florence and Turin between 6pm and 10pm; in Genoa from 11.30am to 3.30pm; in Venice from 10am to 1pm; in Bologna from 11am to 3pm; in Perugia from 5.30pm to 9.30pm; in Naples from 9am to 1pm; in Bari from 12.30pm to 4pm and in Palermo from 9.30am until 1.30pm.

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Nationwide, there is a 24-hour taxi strike on the same day, while trains throughout the country are at risk for eight hours between 9.01am and 5.01pm (precise!). Some rail connections will be guaranteed though. There’s also a 24-hour strike affecting ferries so expect delays if you’re departing from any Italian port on Wednesday.

On Friday, 26 July, air travel in Italy will be under threat with Alitalia staff and airport workers staging strikes expected to last between four and 24 hours.


Spain

Last Monday a 24-hour strike called by Renfe workers cancelled about a third of scheduled rail services throughout Spain and some further disruptions are on the cards. Stoppages are planned between 12 noon and 4pm and between 8pm and midnight on 31 July, 14 August, 30 August and 1 September. Passengers affected by cancellations will be offered alternative trains or are entitled to a full refund.

Iberia ground crew at Barcelona’s El Prat airport have planned a two-day strike over the weekend of 27 and 28 July. Travellers are advised to expect a knock-on effect to other airlines.

United Kingdom

Three of the UK’s busiest airports are set to be hit with disruptions this summer. At London Heathrow more than 4000 staff represented by the Unite union are planning to walk out over a pay dispute. The strike days are planned for 26-27 July, 5-6 August and 23-24 August (bank holiday weekend in the UK). In response to the strike Heathrow said in a statement that it will be operating contingency plans to “minimise disruption.” Staff at London Gatwick and Luton have also threatened similar action although no strikes have been announced.

London Stansted, too, could be hit by strikes, with easyJet staff due to walk out for 17 days this summer over pay and conditions. The industrial action was planned to start on Thursday, 25 July for four days but was called off on Tuesday. It could, however, still go ahead on Friday. Further strikes are planned in August between 2-5, 9-12 and 16-19.


Ireland

Meanwhile, British Airways pilots represented by British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) will vote on whether to take industrial action on 24 July with the results set to be announced on 7 August. Ryanair workers with Bapla are also expected to hold a ballot for strike action.

Members of Ryanair’s Irish Airline Pilots Union (Ialpa) are to decide next week whether to join their British colleagues in holding a ballot on industrial action, according to Reuters. The ballot could lead to strike action in late August although nothing has been confirmed yet.


Source: lonelyplanet

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