Paris to slash public transport services as lockdown lowers passenger numbers

Paris to slash public transport services as lockdown lowers passenger numbers
As passenger numbers falls, service on some Metro lines will be halved during lockdown. Photo: AFP
Faced with low levels of passengers since lockdown, public transport companies will reduce the number of metros, RERs and bues running in the capital, according to French media.

French transport services have naturally seen a drop in the number of commuters since the lockdown entered into effect on October 30th, restricting the number of valid reasons to leave the home to a listed few.

International and national travel companies have already reduced some of their services to respond to the declining demand.

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Now services in the French capital will follow suit.

Ile-de-France Mobilités will announce the changes on Tuesday, but the capital's main daily Le Parisien has had an early view of the changes that, according to their report, which will enter into effect on Wednesday, November 18th.

Here's a look at what will change.


All lines will be affected, except for line 13 and automated lines 1 and 14, which will run normal services. The remaining lines will run 50 percent of normal services between 10am and 4pm, according to Le Parisien.

Rush hour services will be as normal and weekend services between 10am and 4pm will be 75 percent of the normal.


RER lines A, B, C and E will run as usual, whereas line D will see services reduced between 9am and 4pm, according to the report.

National rail company SNCF already began reducing the number of trains running on line D this Monday.



Rail company RATP will reduce the number of buses too, on a 'case by case' basis, according to Le Parisien. The reductions will not affect rush hour services, so they will be between 10am and 4pm.


Currently there have not been any reports that tramways will be affected by the changes and these are set to run as usual.


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