Paris: Relief as RER service returns to normal

There was relief for commuters in Paris on Friday morning after transport authorities announce a return to normal service on the RER A, a day after a crippling wildcat strike caused travel chaos.

Services were pretty much non-existent for most of Thursday after drivers called a wildcat strike after one of their colleagues was physically attacked.

But after threatening to prolong their action, drivers on the line which crosses the centre of Paris connecting the suburbs to the east and west, decided to return to work.

“All the drivers have gone back to work and the traffic is normal on the whole of the line,” read a statement from RATP, which is in charge of the Paris transport network.

That meant the 1.2 commuters, believed to have been affected by Thursday’s action should find it easier to get to work in the French capital on Friday and avoid the kind of scenes they faced in the picture below.

A partial service was restored on Thursday afternoon during rush hour as RATP managers filled for the absent drivers.

They are set to meet with unions today for talks.