Rail services across France were seriously disrupted Tuesday by a 34-hour public sector strike which started on Monday at 10pm. International rail services have not been affected.
A public sector strike heavily disrupted rail services across France Tuesday, affecting local and inter-city service in Paris and in 45 other cities across the country.
French rail operator SNCF reported that 65% of the national high-speed trains (TGV) and between 35% and 75% of local and inter-city trains (TER) were operational depending on the region. 50% of the Ile-de-France region’s Transilien trains (which cover the Paris suburban areas) were running on schedule. International services such as Eurostar, Thalys, Lyria and Aleo have not been affected by the strike.
According to a spokesperson for SNCF, the impact of the strike is “limited” and passenger transit is running “smoothly”. In train stations across France the reduced-service train timetables were displayed starting Monday afternoon.
Paris metro traffic near normal
A spokesperson for the Paris metro company RATP told reporters that bus and tramway services in the capital were hardly affected by the strike, with nearly 90% of all vehicles operating. 95% of suburban RER A trains were running, but only 50% of RER B and C trains.
Below is an approximate roundup of how the various lines on the Paris metro are being affected as of 3pm Tuesday afternoon (source: RATP website):
Date created : 2010-03-23