Commuter rail traffic still disrupted in Paris

22nd October 2007, Comments 0 comments

22 October 2007 , PARIS (AFP) - Commuter rail traffic was disrupted in the Paris region Monday morning as two unions kept up strike action over pension reforms, with the line linking the city's airports barely operating, according to the national rail operator SNCF.

22 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - Commuter rail traffic was disrupted in the Paris region Monday morning as two unions kept up strike action over pension reforms, with the line linking the city's airports barely operating, according to the national rail operator SNCF.

Only one train in five was operating on the RER B line, which provides services to Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports and carries 700,000 people to work each day.

Commuters relying on commuter trains from the Gare du Nord station were also faced with a limited service.

Service was much better on other suburban rail lines, with at least half of the trains running on some lines and normal schedules on others.

SNCF said traffic on its high-speed TGV lines and other main inter-city routes was normal.

Traffic on the Paris metro and bus system was also normal, said the operator of the Parisian network, the RATP.

French rail unions crippled public transport last week with a massive strike on Thursday over President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to cut generous pension privileges for rail and energy workers.

Most of the unions suspended the strike on Friday, but were due to meet again Monday to plan their next steps.

AFP

Subject: French news

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