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How will the French strike affect my travel plans?

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-09-23

Planning to travel within France between Wednesday night and Friday morning? Air and rail transportation will be disrupted because of a national strike over the government’s retirement reform. France24.com takes a look at what travellers can expect.

Air traffic controllers, the SNCF (French national railroad) and RATP (Paris public transportation) agents: unions have called a transportation strike for Thursday, September 23, as part of a national movement against the government’s retirement reform.

Disruptions were expected to begin on Wednesday night as of 6:00pm or 7:00pm (GMT+2), depending on the means of transportation. Normal transport schedules are expected to resume Friday morning at 8:00am (GMT+2).

Air traffic

Is your flight taking off from or landing in France? It might be affected by the air traffic controller strike. The companies that operate on French territory anticipate cancellations and delays, and have asked travellers to check the status of their flight on the Web.

Click here to check your flight status for Air France, British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair, Vueling.

Air France has announced its intention to go forward with 100 percent of its scheduled long-haul flights, but anticipates some cancellations of short- and medium-haul flights.

Rail traffic

International travel:
- Normal traffic on Eurostar
- Some delays and cancellations are expected on Thalys. For more information, visit the Thalys website.
- To Germany (TGV/ICE): One in every two trains is expected to run.
- To Switzerland (TGV Lyria): Normal traffic on the Paris-Basel-Zurich route, one TGV in two expected on the Paris-Geneva route, no trains on the Paris-Bern route. More information can be found on the TGV Lyria website
- No traffic on the Talgo day train between France and Spain.
- To Italy (TGV Artesia): TGVs on the Paris-Milan line will be replaced by buses (three-hour delays expected for arrivals). More information on the Artesia website.

TGV (French high-speed trains):
- TGV leaving or arriving in Paris: one in two east-bound, north-bound, west-bound, and south-west-bound; two in five south-east-bound trains.
- Regional TGV traffic: one in five trains expected to run.

More information is available on the SNCF website.

If you bought a train ticket for Thursday, the SNCF has announced that the ticket will be valid for any train circulating that day on the same route, no matter what time your reservation is for. Cancellations will be possible without charge at ticket counters, regardless of the initial purchase conditions.

Night trains:
Traffic will be normal on the Artesia lines (France-Italy) overnight between September 22 and 23. However, there will be no Germany-bound trains on the Lunea network (national night trains) or on the Elipsos network (France-Spain).

Regional and inter-regional trains:
One in four Corail trains, one in two TER trains, and three in ten Intercité trains will run.


Urban transportation:
In Paris and surrounding suburbs, the RER B will be most affected by the disruptions.

- RER: one in two RER A trains; one in five RER B trains during rush hour; two in five RER C, D, and E trains.
- Suburban trains: 40 percent of Transilien trains during rush hour.
- Bus and tramways: almost normal traffic, with 75 percent of vehicles expected to circulate.
- Metro: Normal circulation on lines 1 and 14; nearly normal on lines 4, 6, and 11; three in four trains on line 13; two in three trains on line 10; one in two trains on lines 2, 3, 3bis, 5, 7, 7bis, 8, 9, and 12.

For more information, visit the RATP website.


Outside of Paris, strikes are anticipated on Thursday in 77 urban transportation networks.
 

Date created : 2010-09-22

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