Greek railways strike to hit Sofia – Thessaloniki trains

A strike by Greek railway employees from July 8 to 12 will mean the cancellation of trains between Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia and Greece’s northern city of Thessaloniki, Bulgarian state railways BDZ said.

Employees of Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) and Proastiakos suburban railways are striking in protest against Greek government plans to privatise TRAINOSE and ROSCO, the company in charge of the maintenance of Greek railways rolling stock.

The strike will affect mainline trains throughout Greece and the service to Athens airport, as well as international trains.

On July 9 and 10, the Sofia-Thessaloniki international express train departing 11.55pm, the Thessaloniki – Sofia train that departs from the Greek city at 11.10pm will not run.

BDZ said that international fast trains numbers 360 and 361 between Bulgaria and Greece will run only between Sofia and Kulata, the international border checkpoint between the two countries.

BDZ said that it would refund the amounts of all passengers who have purchased advance tickets for trains to Greece that have been cancelled.

Customers could request detailed information from BDZ information counters and ticket offices at railway stations, Bulgaria’s state railways said.



The Sofia Globe staff

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