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Navigating the strike: a traveller’s survival guide

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-10-12

A nationwide strike in protest at pension reform will heavily disrupt France’s transport system from late Monday evening and could continue throughout the week. Here is FRANCE 24’s survival guide for commuters and travellers.

Air:

Air France expects on-time departures for all its intercontinental flights, but may cancel some domestic and European flights. Due to striking air traffic controllers, 30% of flights are cancelled at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and the nearby Beauvais Airport on Tuesday, while 50% of flights are cancelled at Paris Orly Airport.

For more flight information, see Paris airports website: www.aeroportsdeparis.fr

Individual airlines are posting information on flight cancellations on their own websites:

EasyJet, British Airways, Ryanair, Alitalia, bmibaby.com, Flybe, Air France



Rail:

International:

EUROSTAR (To London): Normal service
THALYS (Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands): 80% of trains running
LYRIA (to Switzerland): 80% of trains running
ARTESIA (France-Italy): Service completely suspended
TALGO (France-Spain): Service completely suspended
Trains to Germany: 66% of trains running

National:

TGV (From or to Paris): 25% of trains running
      - Northern routes: 50% of trains running
      - TGV Inter-province (avoiding Paris): 20%
CORAIL: 33% of trains running
TÉOZ: 33% of trains running
TER: 40% of trains running

For more information, also see national railway website www.sncf.com, or call 0805 90 36 35

Paris region:

TRANSILIEN: Average of 40% of trains running during peak hours.

For more information, see suburban Transilien newebsite www.abcdtrains.com , or call 0805 700 805



RER, Metro and Tram system:

RER A: 50% of trains running (a list of all RER A trains running on Tuesday)

RER B: 33% of trains running during peak hours, none within Paris itself. Trains to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport leave roughly every 20 minutes. All passengers must transfer at Paris Gare du Nord and Denfert-Rochereau stations.

RER C, D and E: 33% of trains running

Metro lines 1, 11, 14: Normal service
Metro line 6: 75% of trains running
Metro lines 3, 4, 8, 13: 66% of trains running
Metro lines 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12: 50% of trains running

Tramways: Normal or near normal service
City buses: 75% of buses running

For more information, see RATP wesbite or call 0 800 15 11 11



The strike is expected to affect transport services is several French cities from October 12 to 30. Expect delays and cancelations for metros, buses and regional rail in:

Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Montpellier, Grenoble
 

Date created : 2010-10-11

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