SNCF forced to cancel regional trains due to the fifth wave

Faced with the resurgence of contaminations by agents, but also of less frequentation, trains have been canceled in several regions. SNCF nevertheless ensures that the phenomenon remains “local and marginal” for the moment.

Affected by the fifth wave , the SNCF is forced to cancel regional trains but the phenomenon remains for the moment “local and marginal”, said Thursday a spokesperson for SNCF Voyageurs. “Like any employer, we are confronted at the scale of the SNCF group (SNCF Voyageurs, SNCF Réseau, SNCF Gares & Connexion) with the effects of this fifth wave of Covid , neither more nor less than the rest of society, “the spokesperson told AFP.

“The evolution of the health situation (increase in Covid cases and contact cases) may lead to local adaptations of some of our transport plans”, either because the railway workers are unavailable, or because of “a less frequentation of travelers for example because of teleworking “, he added. ” The adaptations of the transport plans that we may encounter as a result of the Covid only relate to regional trains “, specified the spokesperson, noting that the phenomenon was for the moment” local and marginal “.

Occitanie, Lorraine, Yvelines …

In Occitanie in particular, the SNCF canceled all trains until January on the Perpignan-Villefranche (Pyrénées-Orientales), Carcassonne-Quillan (Aude) and Nîmes-Le Grau du Roi (Gard) lines.

Trains are canceled on d ‘other lines such as between Mende and Marjevols (Lozère), Lyon and Grenoble, Bordeaux and Sarlat (Dordogne), Nancy and Longwy (Meurthe-et-Moselle), Evreux and Mantes (Yvelines) or even on internal links to Normandy.

Passengers are invited to check the timetables on the TER website for their region or on the SNCF Assistant application. “For several weeks, the whole company has been preparing for this new wave and has strengthened its monitoring and adaptation system both in the management of its infrastructure and trains,” said the spokesperson.