Friday, December 3

Containment: SNCF will drastically reduce the number of trains in circulation

During the next forty-eight hours, the SNCF will go back to containment mode, gradually reducing its offer of long-distance trains, the public company announced in a press release published on Tuesday, November 3. On high speed (TGV inOui and Ouigo), the offer will be gradually reduced from Wednesday November 4 to settle, Thursday November 5, at 30% of the usual frequencies. On the international TGV side, the Thalys (to Belgium and the Netherlands) also drop to 30% of the usual offer and the Eurostars, affected since last spring, remain at 15%.

Intercity trains will be reduced to the minimum portion: between one daily return trip (Paris-Toulouse, Paris-Brive, Toulouse-Hendaye, Lyon-Nantes, Béziers-Clermont) and two daily return trips (Paris-Clermont , Bordeaux-Marseille) on the main lines, all also from Thursday 5. People who have reserved a seat on a canceled train will be informed forty-eight hours before the initially planned departure and replaced in another train free of charge. SNCF also reminds that all tickets purchased up to January 4 are cancellable and refundable free of charge.

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Adapted offer

SNCF is therefore forced to adapt its transport plan in the face of the rapid decline in the number of passengers on its trains. “While the occupancy rate of long-distance trains was more than 60% during the weekend of October 31 and 1er November, and on average 50% in recent weeks, it drops to 15% on average as of Tuesday November 3 and throughout the week ”, details the company. Such a level of occupancy is economically untenable for the SNCF, knowing that a TGV begins to bring in money from 60% to 70% filling.

SNCF does not refrain from revising this adapted offer, possibly downward if attendance decreases further. During the first confinement, the SNCF had reduced the TGVs in circulation to 15% and then to 7% of the “nominal”, the attendance rate standing on average at 12% in April and 15% in May.

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Regarding the TER and trains and RER of the Paris suburbs, which are themselves largely subsidized by the regions, the SNCF says it works “With each organizing authority in the preparation of transport plans” and indicates that “The first adaptations will thus take place over the next few days”. As of this week, the Grand-Est region has for example readjusted its offer to 76% of the usual trains, with a concentration at peak hours. Ile-de-France Mobilités should inform the public on Wednesday November 4 of the adaptation of the transport plan in the capital region. Transilien has already, at the request of regional authorities, reduced the supply of trains and RER in the evening.

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