Unions representing SNCF conductors and ticket collectors have called a strike running from Friday, December 2nd to Sunday, December 4th, which has led to major disruption across the rail network.
Train services on all the high-speed TGV lines have been drastically reduced, with some regions more seriously affected than others. The SNCF, however, expects normal traffic on Eurostar and Thalys services to the UK and Netherlands, respectively.
However, TGVs to Switzerland and Italy will be cut by two-thirds, trains to Germany cut by half, while all trains to Spain have been cancelled.
TGV and Intercity disruption 2-5 December 2022:
TGV Nord: 1 train out of 2 running
TGV Est: 1 out of 3 running
TGV Atlantique: 1 out of 4 running
TGV Sud-Est: 1 out of 3 running
Ouigo: 1 out of 4 running
Intercités: 1 out of 2 running
There will be no night trains over the weekend
Belgian railway company SNCB was unable to give details on the exact impact of these actions but posted an update of the trains expected to be running to and from Belgium, stating that all TGV INOUI trains from and to Brussel-Midi will be cancelled except the following:
9870: Brussels – Strasbourg
9872: Brussels – Strasbourg
9886 Nantes – Brussels
9862 Montpellier Sud -Brussels
9894 Strasbourg – Brussels
A gradual resumption to normal service is expected by Monday, with 3 out of 4 trains on all TGV routes likely to run on schedule. Meanwhile, for passengers due to travel this weekend, SNCF will inform customers by email or SMS whether or not their train is running.
The strike will likely result in increased traffic congestion and demand for alternative public transportation. Services that do operate are likely to be more congested than usual.
The company recommends that customers check timetables before going to stations and, where possible, postpone their journeys.