Only lines 1 and 14, fully automated, will circulate normally but with “a risk of saturation”, warns the RATP. On the RER, 1 in 3 trains will run on average on line A, and 1 in 2 on line B at peak times.
Lines 2, 3bis, 5, 8, 10, 11 and 12 will therefore be completely interrupted on Thursday. On the other hand, lines 3, 4, 6, 7, 7bis, 9 and 13 will be partially open, in the morning from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and in the afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On the bus network, only 2 out of 3 buses will run on average with some very disrupted lines. Only the tramway will have a more or less normal schedule with the exception of lines T2 (3 out of 4 in the morning, 1 out of 2 in the afternoon) and T5 (1 out of 2 from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) .
“The RATP invites all travelers who have the possibility to favor teleworking or to postpone their trips on the network”, recommends the Régie, which apologizes in advance.
The employees of the RATP are called to strike by their inter-union to demand wage increases in order to cope with inflation but also better working conditions and recruitment.
According to management, wages have already been increased by 5.2% in 2022.
The social climate at the RATP has deteriorated sharply in recent months due to inflation but also the prospect of opening up to competition on the bus network which is due to come into force on January 1, 2025.
“Since the beginning of the year, we have had a number of strike days that we have not known for some time”, recognizes a source close to management.
Absenteeism and recruitment problems have seriously disrupted the bus network since September and recently, the metro has also experienced failures, forcing Valérie Pécresse to ask the RATP to return to 100% of the pre- covid.
Elsewhere in Ile-de-France, the network operated by the SNCF should also experience some disruption due to a strike launched by the CGT-Cheminots.
The RER C, H and N trains and the T4 tram are concerned, but the SNCF will communicate more precise information on Wednesday evening.