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Paris to halve evening public transport services

The Paris region of Île-de-France will halve its public transport services in the evening starting from Wednesday due to the impact of the curfew.

Paris to halve evening public transport services
Since the 9pm curfew entered into effect, Paris metros have been running nearly empty in the evenings. Photo: AFP

The change will enter into effect at 9pm on Wednesday, October 28th, and will affect all services – trains, metros, buses and tramways.

Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) told French media they had decided to reduce their services following a drop in the number of commuters since the introduction of a 9pm evening curfew in the region.

“It makes no sense to run empty trains,” said Valérie Pécresse, IDFM President.

Since the curfew entered into effect on October 16th, IDFM saw the number of passengers drop down to just 13 percent of its usual rate after 9pm.

 

Paris, along with 53 other mainland départements, is currently under a strict nighttime curfew set in place in a bid to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the area.

Only those with a valid reason may leave their homes after that hour, or risk a fine.

READ ALSO What you need to know about France's nighttime curfew

These changes enter into effect on Wednesday evening:

  • As of 9pm, only one metro in two will be running. Between 8pm and 9pm, services on lines 4, 7 and 13 will be amplified.
  • Services will also drop on trains and RERs, with one train in two running after 9pm, except for lines where the waiting time is superior to 30 minutes.
  • The number of trams will run as usual on lines T1 and T, which serve hospitals, but reduced to three in four on lines T3, T6 and T8 and one in two on lines T5 and T7.
  • As for the bus, one in two buses will run after 9pm on all lines with a waiting time inferior to 30 minutes, except for lines serving hospitals, which will run as normal. Outside the city centre, in the grande couronne suburbs, buses will run as normal until 10pm to ensure correspondence with trains and RERs.

Outside curfew hours services will run as usual, starting at 5am (one hour before the end of curfew).

 

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Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed

Striking airport workers have blocked part Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with some flights already delayed by at least one hour.

Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed
Striking airport workers outside Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP

Last month, trade unions representing workers at the Aéroports de Paris (ADP) – the city’s Charles-de-Gaulle-Roissy and Orly airports – called for a strike between July 1st and July 5th in an ongoing dispute between French airport workers and bosses over contract renegotiations.

A second wave of protests are expected next week, after a strike notice was filed for July 9th.

Tensions mounted on Friday morning as some 400 protesters staged a raucous demonstration at CDG’s terminal 2E, which mostly deals with flights outside the Schengen zone, as police officers looked on.

At Orly airport, meanwhile, some 250 people demonstrated “outside”, while a small group was inside.

The dispute is over a long-term plan by ADP to bring in new work contracts for employees at the airports, which unions say will lower pay, job losses and a reduction in rights and bonuses for employees.

The strike is being jointly called by the CGT, CFE-CGE, Unsa, CFDT and FO unions, who said in a joint press release that the proposals will “definitively remove more than a month’s salary from all employees and force them to accept geographical mobility that will generate additional commuting time”.

Unions say that staff face dismissal if they do not sign the new contracts.

ADP said on Wednesday that it expected ‘slight delays for some flights but no cancellations’ to services – but it urged travellers to follow its social media operations for real-time updates.

On Thursday, the first day of action, 30 percent of flights were delayed between 15 minutes and half-an-hour.

ADP’s CEO Augustin de Romanet had said on Tuesday that ‘everything would be done to ensure no flight is cancelled’. 

ADP reported a loss of €1.17 billion in 2020. 

Stressing that discussions are continuing over the proposed new contracts, the CEO called for “an effort of solidarity, with a red line: no forced layoffs.”

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