One day French rail strike disrupts train services

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One day French rail strike disrupts train services
A traveller waits in front of platforms during a strike day in France (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Travellers in France can expect some delays and cancellations on French rail services on Tuesday due to strike action.


French rail operator has warned passengers "in certain regions and on certain lines" that they may face slight disruption on Tuesday because of a nationwide rail strike.

The strike comes after three of France's major unions representing national rail service (SNCF) workers - CGT, Sud-Rail and CFDT - had issued a joint strike notice calling on workers to walk out from 7pm on Monday until 8am on Wednesday.

The unions are calling for better pay and conditions.

Whilst SNCF said there would be no major disruption as seen during previous strikes with services running "almost as normal" there could be issues on RER and Transilien commuter trains in the Paris region, regional TER lines, and certain high-speed TGV trains.

Passengers were advised to check the SNCF travel websites for the latest information. Many of those TGV passengers affected will likely have already been told to rearrange their travel plans. 

Le Parisien reported on Monday that TER (regional) lines would likely be most affected by the disruption.

In the Paris region, services will be severely disrupted on RER line C (with only one train in three scheduled). As for line D, services will only be somewhat disrupted (two trains running out of every three), and line E will run four out of every five trains.

Transilien lines N and P will also be slightly disrupted.


In the strike announcement, unions called for mobilisation to "put a stop to the harmful plans to dismantle the SNCF and to win general pay rise," as well as for the "recognition of the technical nature of our jobs by raising our bonuses."



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