Italian railway officials have started busing passengers on a portion of the trip between two southern Italian towns after protesters continued to block the train tracks Monday.

Local residents blocked train traffic at the station of Montecorvino, east of Salerno, Friday night to show their disapproval over the reopening of the nearby Parapoti dump, according to the state-run AGI news service.

Anyone wanting to take a train from Sicily or Reggio Calabria to Naples, or vice versa, will be bused about 10 miles between Salerno and Battipaglia. This is the main train line between the southern Italian bases of Naples and Sigonella.

The Web site for Trenitalia, Italy’s national rail line, lists seven southbound and eight northbound trains from which passengers will be bused. It did not say if there would be an extra charge for the bus service. Some trains destined for Reggio Calabria from northern cities are being stopped in Rome.

An AGI article also recommends that anyone whose train travel passes Montecorvino to “avoid traveling by train wherever possible for the time being.” So far, officials don’t have an end date for the protest.

Additional ferries will be added to the Salerno to Reggio Calabria and Salerno to Messina (Sicily) routes.

Affected train lists are available at:, but only in Italian.

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