Strike of March 7: black Tuesday at the SNCF… the forecasts for the TGV and the TER
It’s a black tuesday which has been announced for several weeks on the front lines of demonstrations and strikes against the pension reform. The inter-union had planned to “bring France to a standstill” on March 7 if the government did not respond to its demands and to “harden the movement”. Significant disruptions are therefore to be expected on the Intercités, TGV and TER but also the Transiliens.
It will take 1 train out of 5 on average on the TVG Inoui network. Traffic will be very disrupted on the North, East and Atlantic axes with 1 train out of 5 on average (1 train out of 2 on the Paris-Lille axis). 1 out of 3 TVGs will be operational on the South-East axis but only 1 out of 10 trains for trips from province to province. Finally, 1 in 4 trains should run on the OUIGO network.
Regional trains will also be affected by the interprofessional strike movement in “all regions” indicates the SNCF. Only 1 out of 5 trains on average will be operational.
Do not count on the Intercités this Tuesday. The SNCF announces a traffic “very strongly disturbed”. There will be “no traffic” on the day, with the exception of one round trip Paris-Brive and two round trips Paris-Clermont. The Toulouse-Hendaye journey will be normal but will be made by replacement coach. Finally, no night intercity will circulate.
In the Paris region, expect 1 train out of 5 on lines J, L, N and R of the Transilien network, and only 1 train out of 10 on line P. In addition, on this line, no traffic will be provided on the Meaux axes La Ferté – Milon, Meaux-Château Thierry, Tournan – Coulommiers and Gretz-Provins. Traffic will be made less complicated on lines H, K and U with 1 train out of 3.
In its press release, SNCF Voyageurs “recommends to travelers who can cancel or postpone their trips planned for this day, and to favor teleworking”, and advises those who are unable to postpone their journey to “check the traffic trains the day before at 5 p.m. “, i.e. this Monday, March 6.
This day of strikes and demonstrations is a major challenge for the intersyndicale, which wishes to make it the most important since the start of the movement against pension reform. “There is a consensus between us to say that the objective is to do better than January 31,” announced Yvan Ricordeau, CFDT national secretary. That day, the unions had counted more than 2.5 million demonstrators and the authorities 1.27 million.