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Nationwide rail strike disrupts travel in France

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Nationwide rail strike disrupts travel in France
A nationwide strike by French railworkers has caused significant disruption to national, regional, Intercity and suburban Paris train traffic. File photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP
09:13 CEST+02:00
Just hours after a nationwide airport strike which caused up to 75 percent of flights to be cancelled, travelers and commuters in France have been hit with a strike by railworkers, which is set to cause disruption until Friday morning.

Travel throughout France has been severely disrupted since Wednesday evening, due to a strike by rail workers associated with national train network SNCF.

The company said in a statement that travelers should expect just four out of every ten TGV and TER trains to run, and three out of every ten Intercity journeys to take place.

Continued disruption to regional and suburban routes in the Paris area was expected on Thursday.

The rail strike, which began at 7pm French time on Wednesday and is slated to last until 8am French time on Friday, should not disrupt the Eurostar, Thalys or Alléo services between Paris, London, Brussels and Germany, but will cause significant disruption to other routes.

Workers from four national unions are protesting against planned government reforms of France's rail system.

The following is a breakdown of journey frequency on France's rail network, according to French television TF1.

  • TGV East -  2/3 journeys, TGV South-east - 1/3, TGV Atlantic - 1/2, TGV North - 4/10, TGV province to province - 1/3
  • Paris-Normandy, Paris-Amiens, Paris-St.Quentin, Paris-Orléans-Tours, Paris-Nevers-Clermont Ferrand - 1/3
  • Paris-Limoges-Toulouse - 4/10
  • Bordeaux-Nice - 1/2
  • All overnight Lunéa Intercity trains have been cancelled for Wednesday into Thursday and Thursday into Friday
  • Normal service on Eurostar, Thalys and Alléo lines to and from Paris, London, Brussels and Germany
  • Trains to Switzerland - 1/2
  • Trains to Italy - 1/3
  • Normal service on night trains to Berlin and Moscow
  • No guaranteed day or night trains to Spain
  • In the Paris region: RER A - close to normal service, RER C and E - 1/2, RER B and D - 1/3
               Interconnexion not guaranteed at Gare du Nord or Gare de Lyon
  • Line H - 1/2, with buses running between Creil and Pontoise, Lines L and J - 1/3
  • Lines N and U - at rush hour, four trains per hour between Plaisir-Grignon and Paris, and between La Verrière and La Défense
  • Line R - 1/3, Line P - 1/3, T4 tram-train - service replaced by bus
  • TER - 4/10

Anyone seeking further information should consult http://www.sncf.com/http://www.infolignes.com/

For details specifically on stations in the Paris region, consult http://www.abcdtrains.com/

For information on TER services, check http://www.ter-sncf.com/

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