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Old June 3rd, 2005, 07:59 AM   #1
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French Rail Strike Causes Severe Disruptions

French rail strike causes severe disruptions

PARIS, June 2 (Reuters) - A strike by railway workers over job cuts and work conditions caused severe disruptions to services across France on Thursday, highlighting the threat of labour protest facing new Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

Only about one third of regional trains were running, and about two-thirds of long-distance, high-speed TGV trains, national rail operator SNCF said. The strike delayed many people trying to get to work.

"I got here very early this morning. Two trains were canceled and I'm waiting for another," said a young man waiting at Gare du Nord station in Paris. "I've got a job interview. I hope I make it."

Eurostar trains to Britain, the Thalys link to Belgium and services to Spain, Switzerland and Italy were not affected, SNCF said.

The rail strike was called by four trade unions at SNCF, representing 70 percent of the railway operator's workers. It started at 8 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Wednesday and was due to continue until 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) on Friday.

The SNCF said about a quarter of workers had followed the strike in the morning. Unions put the turnout at 28-29 percent.

"(This strike) is a success and shows how dissastified the railway workers are," said Remy Abgrall from the Sud-Rail union. "There's a very strong turnout."

The rail workers' worries about job cuts reflect broader concerns in France about unemployment, the number one concern of voters. The jobless rate held at 10.2 percent in April, its highest level in more than five years.

The strike was called before President Jacques Chirac appointed Villepin, a loyal ally, on Tuesday after the resignation of Jean-Pierre Raffarin as prime minister following French voters' rejection of the European Union's constituion.

The "No" vote was seen as an indictment of Chirac's economic policies after 10 years in power. Villepin vowed on Wednesday to restore the French people's confidence in 100 days and said creating jobs would be his priority as prime minister.
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 06:15 PM   #2
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there are ussually three consistent things we hear about from France: Eu rejection, refusing to go to war {good for them, like Canada}, and rail strikes.
I don't understand how there can be so many, don't they have contracts?
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 09:45 PM   #3
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Trains from Barcelona to France, Italy & Switzerland have got delays or have been cancelled!
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Old February 20th, 2007, 07:29 PM   #4
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FRANCE | Railways

I wonder, has anybody got any pictures of it?

especially at night

I just remember going there when I was younger and the station (is it all glass or did I imagine that?) (plus the whole town really) was lit up and covered in snow, twas perfect
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 05:59 PM   #5
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Pictures of the railway station in 2004:





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Old May 30th, 2007, 10:45 PM   #6
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FRANCE | Regional Rail

Paris suburban railway is not only the RER.

Paris suburban system has transported 1052.9 million passengers in 2004
It is the most used suburban system in Europe.

RER is are operated by the RATP and Transillien SNCF
Suburban trains are are operated by Transillien SNCF


RER
Suburban trains network.
Subway
Light rail

Gare Saint Lazare
The biggest suburban station in Paris, this station is actually in renovation.
Saint Lazare station has actually 100 million passenger per years (Subway and RER exclude.)



RER station


subway entrance


Some other suburban stations in the west of Paris.

Gare de Pont-Cardinet




Courbevoie


La Defense
This station has 400,000 passenger per day (All transport include)


It is not a RER.

Light rail

RER station Scroll >>>>>>>>


La Garenne-Colombes


Houilles - Carrières-sur-Seine


Argenteuil
Between 15 000 and 50 000 passenger per day


Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Montigny-le-Bretonneux


Mareil-Marly



Noisy-le-Roi


Versailles Chantier
18 million passengers per year




Those pictures was not taken by me
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Old June 1st, 2007, 09:55 AM   #7
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Thanks for the post, photos and info. No much is said of Paris's suburban rail network. The metro and to a lesser degree RER take most of the glory. But this is usual as suburban lines are never as iconic. Still, Paris has such a great system.

I have to get back to Paris and explore them more.
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Old June 1st, 2007, 10:30 AM   #8
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One of big problem of Paris suburban system is the old train

These train called NAT will run in 2009




But I really like these refurbished train in the Grande Ceinture line (Outer ring line, Actually a small part of this line reopened in 2004)


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Old June 1st, 2007, 06:39 PM   #9
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Very nice photographs!

It seems to me that conc. Suburban one of the main problems is that the plattforms are very narrow. Especially during rush-hour quite uncomfortable.
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Old June 1st, 2007, 08:26 PM   #10
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Some picture of the RER C in the west of Paris

Line C was created in 1979 by connecting the Gare d'Orsay railway terminus (now Musée d'Orsay) with the Invalides terminus of the Rive Gauche line to Versailles, along the banks of the Seine. In 1988 the Argenteuil branch opened, using most of the infrastructure of the old SNCF Auteuil line and connecting to the line's main trunk at Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel via a curved bridge (the only one in Paris) over the Seine river.

Stations served : 84
Length : 185.6 km or 115.3 mi
140,000,000 passengers in 2004

Invalides





Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel




Porte de Clichy





Pereire - Levallois




Neuilly - Porte Maillot








Boulevard Victor - Pont du Garigliano





Issy Val de Seine










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Versailles Rive Gauche

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Old June 2nd, 2007, 10:16 AM   #11
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Wow!! What a huge network. I love that NAT train. Hopefully I'll get to ride on the RER when I go to Paris one day...
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 11:37 AM   #12
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RER B

It is the second most used line in Paris with around 1 million passengers per day.

Length : 80.0 km (49.7 miles)
Number of stops : 47
Traffic (2004) : 165,100,000 journeys per annum (figure only for the RATP section of the line)
The southern part of the line (south of Gare du Nord) is operated by RATP, the northern part by SNCF. Trains are owned by either company. Drivers change at Gare du Nord. Trains moving from one network to the other at this station is known as the Interconnexion.

Line B was the product of the connection in 1977 of the Ligne de Sceaux terminus, Luxembourg, with the Gare du Nord via Châtelet - Les Halles.


Aéroport Charles-de-Gaulle 2 TGV





Vert-Galant





Sevran - Livry




Aulnay-sous-Bois




Plaine - Stade de France





Gare du Nord
It is busiest railway terminal in Europe with over 200 million passagers per year



Here the RER is operated by the RATP

Chatelet les Halles
It is the busiest station in Paris with over 270 million passengers per years.






Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame




Luxembourg




Denfert-Rochereau






Cité universitaire




Gentilly




Laplace




Arcueil - Cachan




Bagneux




Bourg-la-Reine




Antony




Massy - Palaiseau





Palaiseau - Villebon




Gif-sur-Yvette




Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 12:57 PM   #13
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super reportage minato ku ! I like the stade de france station
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 01:56 PM   #14
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These picture was not taken by me exept the first picture of Issy Val de Seine station.
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 02:41 PM   #16
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Impressive. Where is this, exactly?
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 04:29 PM   #17
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It is the RER station Haussman Saint Lazare. It was open in 1999.
This station is really huge
The week ends it is empty but in the week it really busy.

With those stations it form the biggest underground exchange in Europe :
Saint Augustin, Saint Lazare, Haussman Saint Lazare, Havre Caumartin, Auber, Opera. It is 6 station linked by underground passage under the CBD of Paris.









Also in this exchange Auber the station of the RER A is aslo huge
It was open in 1971
Overcrowed in workdays but empty the week ends





The new subway hall of Saint Lazare opened in 2003 is impressive.




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Great thread and photos Minato
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 10:38 PM   #20
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The north of Paris

Gare du Nord
It is the busiest railway terminal in Paris with over 200 million passengers.







Deuil - Montmagny




Enghien-les-Bains




Ermont - Halte




Gros Noyer - Saint-Prix



Saint-Leu-la-Forêt




Persan - Beaumont




Montigny - Beauchamp



Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône - Liesse



Pontoise
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