Train strike to disrupt travel in France this weekend

A strike is set to disrupt train travel in western France from Friday, October 22nd.
A strike is set to disrupt train travel in western France from Friday, October 22nd. Photo: JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP.
France's train operator SNCF has announced that several high-speed TGV trains in the west of the country will be cancelled this weekend, as rail workers strike.

SNCF announced on Thursday that 1 in 10 of the TGV Atlantique trains would be cancelled on Friday October 22nd, while one in three trains would not be running on Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday, however, SNCF updated its traffic information to inform travallers that only one in five trains would in fact be cancelled on Saturday.

Services will be disrupted on Inoui and Ouigo TGV trains to and from Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Centre Val de Loire, Nouvelle Aquitaine, and Occitanie.

The CGT-Cheminots, SUD-Rail and CFDT-Cheminots trade unions instigated the strike action in protest over working conditions and pay.

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Saturday marks the start of the Toussaint holidays in France, with all schoolchildren given two weeks off, so many people would have been set to head off on holiday this weekend.

“Every client who is affected will be contacted to inform them of the status of their train, and will be able to be reimbursed or exchange their ticket for another date at no extra fee. Travellers who are able to or who have not yet booked are invited to delay their journey until another date,” SNCF announced, according to Le Parisien.

The list of trains that are running should be available online and via the Assistant SNCF app by 5pm the day before at the latest.

There may also be modifications to regional TER train schedules in Brittany on Friday and Saturday – you can find out whether a train is running online.

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