Great difficulties are to be expected on the fifth day of strike on the roads in Île-de-France, with nearly 600 kilometers of traffic jams at 8 am, an exceptional figure. In the railway stations, the situation is hardly more pleasant. With only 15 to 20% of the rail traffic insured, SNCF and RATP have called on users to limit their travel to avoid the risks associated with the saturation of platforms and trains. Annoyed, users now begin to anticipate a long block.
At Beauvais station in the Oise, from where many workers leave every day, only two trains are scheduled Monday morning, against twelve in normal times. "I'm starting at 7 am, but I'll never be there, I'm going to arrive between 8.30 and 9 am," said Ludovic, who works on a Paris site. "My employer does not say anything, but if it lasts, it will not do it.I will have to take a hotel in Paris," says he.
Ali got up two hours early on his usual schedule to be sure he was not late. "I'll take a tain earlier and, from the Gare du Nord, walk to Galeries Lafayette," he says. "The organization with the people I employ is not going to be obvious," he continues. "I do not know yet how we will do, but we will adapt."
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Carpooling, a shabby alternative to traffic jams
In Lille station, regional trains also remain a rare commodity. SNCF can only insure 10% of the traffic, with only three departures, for Douai, Aulnoye-Aymeries and Béthune. For the rest, two TGV left for Paris. The management thinks to put into circulation one train in four on the North axis. Alex, who was hoping for a train to get to his workplace in Henin-Beaumont, had to turn back. "I just told my employer, I'll try to find a solution other than the train for the next few days, like carpooling," he says. "But the roads are armored, it may not be easy either."
With the strike, commuting is completely disrupted, but what is striking is the mutual assistance that is already taking place. The travelers exchange advice and organize themselves to four or five to carpool the next days, if the strike continues. Many wonder about the evolution of the situation after the announced mobilization of Tuesday, and especially after the announcements of the government Wednesday, Edouard Philippe to unveil the entirety of the project of reform of the government.