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Navigating the strike: a traveller's survival guide (Oct. 18)

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2010-10-18

Strikes in protest at pension reform are disrupting France’s transport system for a seventh day on Monday. Here is FRANCE 24’s survival guide for commuters and travellers.

Travel information last updated October 18 at 11:30 am (GMT+2).

Air:

Fifty percent of flights from Paris Orly airport will be cancelled on Tuesday 19, as well as 30 percent of flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle and other airports. Some domestic and European flights are being cancelled but airlines intend to maintain international and long-haul flights. A possible fuel shortage may lead to additional disruptions.

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

Individual airlines are posting information on flights 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): All services interrupted till Monday 18th due to a strike affecting Belgian trains. Traffic will return to normal progressively starting Tuesday 19th. Trains to Germany running at near normal service. 
LYRIA (to Switzerland): Seven out of ten trains running.
ARTESIA (France-Italy): One Paris-Milan train running in the daytime. Paris-Rome and Paris-Venice running at night.


National:

TGV: One in two running on average.
      - From or to Paris: Three in five trains.
      - Inter-province (avoiding Paris): One in four trains running.
CORAIL: One in three daytime trains running.
TÉOZ: One in three trains running on average. 
TER: One in two trains running
LUNEA: No night trains running from Sunday 17 to Tuesday 19.

For more information, also see national railway website www.sncf.com, or call +33 (0)805 90 36 35

Paris region:

TRANSILIEN: Average of three in five trains running during rush hour.

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



RER, Metro and Tram system:

RER A: Normal service.

RER B: Two out of three trains running. Early departure is advised for trains to Orly and Chalres de Gaulle airports.

RER C, D and E: At least half of all trains are running with some disruptions.

Metro, tramways and city buses: Normal or near normal service for all lines.

For more information, see RATP website or call +33 (0) 800 15 11 11



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

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

Date created : 2010-10-18

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