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Why is there a massive strike?
The strikes are taking place due to many transport unions not agreeing with new plans to reform the pension system for transport workers. RATP (Paris’ main public transport operator) is putting out daily information via its website, however, so far this is the latest information that we have been able to gather:
Transport Strike 2019 Information
TRAFFIC FORECAST FOR DECEMBER 4 AFTER 7PM
Service on the Paris metro and the RER trains A, B, C, D are expected to run normally.
+ Transilien trains: normal traffic except on the RER E and the P line whose last trains will be leaving Paris before 8 pm
+ TER trains: almost normal traffic
+ TGV trains: almost normal traffic
+ Intercités trains: expect traffic interruptions from 12:00pm in some regions
+ Paris-Cerbère / Latour-de-Carol and Paris-Briançon night trains canceled
+ Thalys: normal service
+ Eurostar: almost normal service
TRAFFIC FORECAST FOR THE DAY OF: DECEMBER 5
Here is the expected flow of traffic as announced by RATP.
+ Metro Lines 1 and 14: will be running normally. This may change depending on the strike. Stay updated.
+ Metro Lines 2, 3, 3bis, 5, 6, 7bis, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13: NO SERVICE
+ Metro Lines 4*, 7*, 9*: 1 train out of 4 on average
+ RER Line A*: 1 train out of 2 on average
+ RER Line B*: 1 train out of 3 on average with connections at Gare du Nord interrupted
+ Tramway Lines 1*, 2*, 3a*, 3b*, 5*: 1 tram out of 3 on average
+ Tramway Lines 6, 7, 8: 1 tram out of 3 on average and will be open all day
+ Transilien trains: 1 train out of 10 on average
+ TER trains: 1 circulation out of 5 on average
+ TGV trains: 1 train out of 10 on average
+ International trains: very disturbed traffic
+ Intercités: 1 train out of 10 on average
*Will only have service from 6:30am to 9:30am and 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
Who else is involved in the strike?
– Several AirFrance and short-haul flights are also expected to be grounded today. However, long-haul flights were announced to not be affected. Make sure you check with your airline to confirm your flight’s status.
– Many schools are also closed as 2 teaching unions have joined the strike movement.
– Postal workers in 20 French departments will join the strike too.
– This strike will also potentially involve civil servants (independent lawyers, judges, court servants).
– Some firefighters have also gone on strike.
– Police and hospital worker unions have said they support the strike too, though they will only hold protests off-duty.
How long will the strike last?
– The strike has been announced as ‘unlimited’.
– SNCF and RATP have announced “rolling strikes” which means that there won’t be a complete suspension of services but without a specified end date either.
– If you want more information about the Paris Transport Strikes make sure to regularly check RATP’s website.
– If you are travelling in or out of Paris on December 5, 2019 make sure to find a private transfer service whether that is a taxi or Uber, we also advise to pre-book it as this will be one of the few alternatives for travellers on the day!
– AIRPORT ACCESS: Since RER B is difficult to access, a great alternative option would be to take the RoissyBus which departs from Opera or Le Bus Direct which departs from Porte Maillot. Porte Maillot is accessible by Line 1 and Opera is accessible by Line 14. Read our guide to surviving the Paris transport strike!
– Download the CityMapper app to get real time updates and navigation guides. This app is even more accurate than RATP and GoogleMaps!
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