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Icelandic Ash Cloud: Trains Overrun

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April 19, 2010 News & Oddities, Travel News No Comments

According to daily newspaper La Repubblica, Termini station has been overrun by travellers since the Icelandic ash cloud forced cancellations of flights towards Northern Europe (read our first article about this issue here, “Iceland Causes Chaos In Rome“), with ticket booth queue times of up to two hours. Thirty information officers (instead of the usual ten) are in charge of dealing with the extra travellers, however it appears that seats on all trains to international destinations are booked out until 23 April, even though thousands of extra seats have been made available through the additional carriages.

Ferrovie Italiane have offered to supply extra trains to international destinations, however report difficulties negotiating with France and Switzerland regarding the use of their rail-network.

In the meantime, things are not looking good: The Guardian warns that passengers should expect more travel chaos, “if the ash spewing out of an Icelandic volcano continues to spread across Europe’s skies. Scientists said there was unlikely to be a significant improvement in air quality soon, as concerns about the impact of the freak atmospheric conditions switched to the economy and food supplies.”

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