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Train services cut across France due to Covid, Eurostar also affected

Eurostar is to run at 10% of normal service, with customer numbers massively reduced due to Covid travel restrictions between the UK and France

SNCF train

SNCF is cutting services due to reduced passenger numbers and having fewer staff available because of Covid cases Pic: Alexandros Michailidis / Shutterstock

French rail company SNCF will cut 10% of its TGV service and 20% of its intercité trains from next week due to a drop in bookings caused primarily by the Covid pandemic. 

“Given the 30% drop in bookings since the beginning of the year - particularly on weekdays - the TGV service will be adapted next week to maintain 90% of normal service, with the intercité service reduced to 80%,” a spokesman for SNCF Voyageurs said. 

The Eurostar service between Paris and London will run at 10% of normal service.

UK tourists are currently not allowed to enter France under Covid-related rules introduced on December 18, 2021. 

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Passengers whose trains are cancelled will be contacted and they will be able to change their ticket or get a refund, the SNCF spokesman said.

He said that the change to the services was due both to lower passenger numbers and having less staff available because of Covid.

“Like any employer, we are indeed facing the effects of this fifth Covid wave…but no more and no less than others,” he said. 

Suburban trains in the Paris region are expected to run almost as normal from next week, but services may be subject to future change. 

France introduced mandatory work-from-home rules on January 3. It means that employees, who are able to, should work from home at least three times per week, rising to four if possible. 

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