Strike action hits trains between Paris and south west France

Strike action is causing disruption on the French rail network, with trains between Paris and south west France delayed or cancelled.

Strike action hits trains between Paris and south west France
Six out of 10 TGV services will be running, say SNCF. Photo: AFP

The strike action is centred on a maintenance depot where there is a dispute over changes to working conditions.

It will affect the high-speed TGV routes running from Paris' Montparnasse station to Bordeaux, Rennes and Nantes and is expected to continue until Sunday.

The French rail operator estimates that 6 out of 10 services will be running, but  there are likely to be delays.


Anyone whose pre-booked train has been cancelled should have already been notified by text message or email, but users are advised the check the SNCF app before they travel for more up to date information.

Cancellations of pre-booked tickets can be done for free on the SNCF website

The strike has been declared by the SUD rail union and is centred on the Châtillon repair depot, which is responsible for the maintenance of the TGV and Ouigo trains.

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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.