Thursday, 20 January, 2022

SNCF, RATP … What are the disruptions planned for Monday with the strike against the pension reform?


500 kilometers of traffic jams were recorded Monday on the roads of Ile-de-France due to the paralysis of public transport linked to the mobilization against the pension reform, according to the road information site Sytadin. At 6:45 a.m., this site belonging to the Île-de-France Roads Department (DiRIF) recorded 324 km of traffic jams on the Île-de-France roads, a situation made worse by the rain.

According to the statistical curves, this situation exceeds the level qualified as “exceptional” by Sytadin. Usually, the average is around 75 km of slowdowns. Thursday, on the first day of the protest against the pension reform and disruption, road traffic remained very calm around Paris. Slightly above average before 7:00 a.m., it then fell to very low levels to flirt all morning with only about 20 km of traffic jams.

Excluding external events (bad weather, strikes, demonstration, etc.), the record dates back to October 8, 2019 with 628 km of traffic jams recorded shortly after 9 a.m. The absolute record is 739 km of traffic jams reached on February 6, 2018 in Ile-de-France shortly before 7:30 p.m. due to heavy snowfall.

Ten metro lines closed

Traffic at SNCF and RATP will still be very disturbed on Monday, the fifth day of the indefinite strike against pension reform, the two public transport groups announced on Sunday, which alerted travelers to the risks of their network being saturated. .

Inviting users to “limit” or “postpone their trips”, the two companies have already warned that there should be no improvement on Tuesday, the date of a second day of national inter-professional mobilization against the government’s reform project .

At RATP, on Monday, ten out of sixteen metro lines will be closed and only automatic lines 1 and 14 “will operate normally”, said the Paris transport authority.

Seven of the 25 “bus centers” of the RATP were blocked Monday morning by strikers, only a third of the buses circulating as a result against the half scheduled for Sunday evening by the autonomous authority, said a spokesperson.

Among the blocked deposits are that of Lagny, in the east of Paris, that of Asnières or that of Aubervilliers, said this spokesperson to AFP.

Between 15 and 20% of traffic

At the SNCF, if the traffic will improve slightly, “Monday will still be extremely complicated for all our passengers, since the network will still be extremely disrupted,” said Agnès Ogier, porter, during a press briefing. word of the railway group.

SNCF plans to run only one TGV and one Transilien (RER SNCF and trains from the Parisian suburbs) out of five. Regarding the TER, there will be three connections out of ten, “mainly provided by bus,” said management in a statement. It is expected that one Intercity train in five “on average”, while international traffic will be “very disrupted”.

In total, the SNCF plans to provide “between 15% to 20% of the traffic. That means a slight improvement but which does not correspond at all to the needs on a classic day like a Monday, in particular on (the) Transilien” in the Paris region, underlined Ms. Ogier.

“We will see an improvement, however there will be many more people. There is therefore a risk of saturation on the stations and on the platforms. We invite all those who can to limit their travel by train,” he said. -she adds.

“No improvement on Tuesday”

For TGVs, SNCF provides one train out of six on the East axis and for Ouigo, one in five on the South-East axis, one in four on the Atlantic and North axes. There will be one intersectoral TGV (province-province) in seven.

In Île-de-France, where two RER lines are jointly operated by SNCF and RATP, there will be one in two RER A “on average during rush hour” (6.30 / 9.30 am, 4.30 / 7.30 pm). For the RER B, the interconnection will be “suspended at Gare du Nord” and there will be one in three trains “on average” all day long on the northern portion operated by the SNCF, while on the southern portion managed by the RATP , it is expected that one in three trains only during rush hour.

On the entire RATP network, traffic will be “extremely disrupted” Monday, management said in a statement.

Ten metro lines (2, 3, 3bis, 5, 6, 7bis, 10, 11, 12 and 13) out of sixteen will be completely closed. The automatic lines 1 and 14 of the Paris metro and the Orlyval line, which serves Orly airport, “will operate normally and all day”. On lines 4 and 7, there will be one in three metro stations “only during rush hour”, while the traffic on lines 8 and 9 will be “partially provided during rush hour”.

More than half of the buses will be running. Tramway traffic will be “disrupted” with variations in the frequency of trainsets depending on the line.

For Tuesday, the SNCF does not expect “no improvement”, warned Ms. Ogier.

The RATP estimated that its traffic “should also be extremely disrupted” Tuesday, “with an offer similar to that of Monday on the metro and RER networks”.

(with AFP)

Pension reform Strike of December 5