More misery for commuters on third day of strike

16th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 November 2007, PARIS - French commuters faced more disruptions Friday as a nationwide transport strike entered a third day, although more trains and buses were running again.

16 November 2007

PARIS - French commuters faced more disruptions Friday as a nationwide transport strike entered a third day, although more trains and buses were running again.

On most Paris metro lines between one in two and one in four trains were running, a spokesman said. Traffic was back to normal on two of the 14 lines.

Services had restarted on the RER A train line that links many suburbs to the East and West of the capital, but no trains had moved on the RER B line that runs to Paris' two main airports.

Nearly one-third of buses were running, bus operator RATP said.

The main highways leading into Paris had traffic jams of up to 15 kilometres by 6 am, the regional traffic authority said.

French transport workers are striking over government pension reform plans.

President Nicolas Sarkozy last month announced plans to end special schemes  that allow half a million public transport and utility employees to retire as early as 50, launching a round of consultations on a reform with unions.

AFP

Subject: French news

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