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Navigating the strike: A traveller’s survival guide

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-09-07

A nationwide strike in protest of pension reforms will heavily disrupt France’s transport systems from Monday evening through Wednesday morning. Here is FRANCE 24’s survival guide for commuters and travellers.

 

Air:

Paris, Roissy - Charles de Gaulle Airport: 25% of arrivals and departures cancelled on Tuesday.
Paris, Orly Airport: 25% of arrivals and departures cancelled on Tuesday.
 
For more flight information:
See Paris airports website: www.aeroportsdeparis.fr
 

Rail:

International:
EUROSTAR (To London) and LYRIA (To Zurich): Normal service
THALYS: 80% of trains running
ANTESIA (France-Italy): Service completely suspended
TRAIN DE NUIT ALLEMAND (France-Germany): Service completely suspended
ELIPSOS (France-Spain): Service completely suspended
 
National:
TGV (From or to Paris): 40% of trains running
   - North and East routes: 50% of trains running
   - South-East and West/South-West routes: 40% of trains running
TGV Inter-province: 20% of trains running
INTERCITÉS: 30% of trains running
LUNÉA (night train): Service completely suspended
TÉOZ: 25% of trains running
TER: 50% of trains running

Paris
region:
TRANSILIEN: Average of 41% of trains running during peak hours
LINE H (Paris - North-West): 33% of trains running
LIGNES J et L (Paris Saint-Lazare station), LIGNE N (Paris Montparnasse station): 40% of trains running.
LIGNE P (Paris-East): 50% of trains running
LIGNE R (Gare de Lyon stations): 40% of trains running
LIGNE K (Paris-Crépy): 33% of trains running

For more information and schedules:

Grandes Lignes and TER: See national railway website www.sncf.com, or call 0805 90 36 35
Suburban Transilian system: See website www.abcdtrains.com , or call 0805 700 805

RER, Metro and Tram system:
RER A: 50% of trains running
RER B: 33% of trains running (connections in Paris-Nord station suspended)
RER C: 50% of trains running
RER D: 40% of trains running (connections between Gare de Lyon station and Châtelet-Les Halles station suspended)
RER E: 60% of trains running
Metro lines 1 and 6: 66% of trains running
Metro lines 2, 4, 7 and 13: 50% of trains running
Metro lines 3, 3bis, 5, 7bis, 8 and 9: 33% of trains running
Metro lines 10: 25% of trains running
Metro lines 11 and 14: Normal service

Tram 1: 75% of trams running
Tram 2 et Tram 3: Normal service
 
For more information and schedules:
See website www.ratp.fr, or call 0800 15 11 11 (free call)

Transport alternatives:

For those who work within a reasonable distance from their homes, the strike is a perfect opportunity to burn off some calories by walking, biking or rollerblading to the office.

For Parisians who do not fear the cold, the public bicycle Velib’ system is an option, but subject to a limited number of bicycles. See www.velib.paris.fr

Several websites are also offering carpooling options:

 

Date created : 2010-09-06

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