An empty SNCF station in Saint Germain au Mont d'Or, December 9, 2019. - Laurent Cipriani / AP / SIPA
SNCF traffic, still disrupted this weekend by the strike against pension reform, will see a further improvement with more TER and Transilien trains in circulation and a “nearly normal” TGV service, while on the RATP side, 7 metro lines will operate normally on Saturday, the two groups said.
SNCF plans 9 TER out of 10 during the weekend "on a national average" and "more than 80%" of traffic will be "provided by train", the rest by coach, said the railway group in a press release.
Normal or almost normal traffic for TGV on Sunday
In Ile-de-France, the Transilien traffic "also progresses", according to the SNCF, which forecasts "8 trains out of 10 on average Saturday and more than 8 trains out of 10 on average Sunday". In detail on the TGV side, for Saturday, the SNCF announces “normal” traffic for the Ouigo, the TGV on the East, North and Atlantic axes. The traffic will be “almost normal” on the South-East axis. There will be 3 intersecting TGVs (province-province) out of 4.
For Sunday, for TGVs, SNCF announces "normal" traffic for Ouigo and TGVs on the North axis. It will be "almost normal" for those on the East and Atlantic axes, while there will be 9 out of 10 trains on the South-East axis. 3 out of 4 intersector TGVs (province-province) are planned.
Two out of three RER A and B
The SNCF promises for Saturday 3 Intercités trains out of 5 "on average", then 7 trains out of 10 Sunday. For Saturday and Sunday, international traffic will be "very little disrupted". All Eurostar and Thalys trains will run.
On the RATP side, whose forecasts only concern the day of Saturday, 7 out of 16 metro lines will operate with normal traffic (1, 2, 7bis, 8, 10, 11, 14) as well as Orlyval and three others (7, 9 and 13) with a normal operating schedule but disrupted traffic. The other six will still experience reduced hourly amplitudes (3, 3bis, 4, 5, 6 and 12). RER A and B will run all day with two out of three trains, traffic will be normal on the tram network and almost normal on that of buses.
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