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France lockdown: Three-quarters of TGV trains to be cut

The services will be reduced starting from this Thursday

3 November 2020
Lockdown measures have had an effect on the number of people travelling by train in France
By Connexion journalist

The number of intercity, high-speed TGV trains will be reduced by 75% from November 5, due to lockdown measures preventing much of the country from travelling.

Up to 80% of TGV services will be cut on certain lines, France’s national train company SNCF has confirmed. 

For example, there will only be five return trips per day between Paris and Lyon, three between Paris and Dijon and two between Paris and Grenoble, until the end of lockdown. 

SNCF had kept all its trains running last weekend to accommodate people travelling home during the Toussaint holiday. 

The French government introduced a second national lockdown on October 30, which is set to last until at least December 1.

There is a ban on all regional travel, with some exceptions related to work or medical reasons. 

No decision has yet been taken on cutting France’s regional train services, TER, which are heavily subsidised by taxpayers and therefore less likely to be affected. 

During the first lockdown in Spring, only around 7% of TGVs, mostly empty, and around 18% of TERs were in operation. It is thought that the second lockdown will not have as great an impact as schools are still open and there is more emphasis on continuing economic activity.

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