Traffic conditions improve at midday, normal traffic on line P
The traffic conditions of the TGV, TER of the Transiliens of the line P have improved since noon, affirms the SNCF.
According to the railway company, three out of four TGVs have been running again since noon to and from the Gare de l’Est. This Wednesday morning, some trains were departing from the Gare du Nord and Charles de Gaulle airport.
Line P traffic has returned to normal with some service changes. The TER circulate, meanwhile, normally.
The transport forecasts for this Thursday will be announced at the end of the day, warns the SNCF.
“No link” with the mobilization against the pension reform says Philippe Martinez
Philippe Martinez, secretary general of the CGT, also reacted to acts of vandalism that occurred “without any trace of break-in” in an SNCF technical room in Seine-et-Marne.
Among our colleagues from Franceinfo, the leader of the CGT denounces “shortcuts” which he considers “unhealthy”.
“It’s not the first time it’s happened and I think we have to be careful with these kinds of shortcuts,” he warned.
The SUD-Rail union defends any involvement in sabotage
SNCF denounces an “act of sabotage” after the double arson on its facilities in the Paris region on Tuesday. According to an executive of the railway company, the perpetrators “necessarily knew the network well”.
Fabien Villedieu, SUD-Rail delegate, ruled out any involvement of the unions in the midst of mobilization against the pension reform.
“We defend our work tool, it seems unimaginable to me that a railway worker could have done that. We struggle to have a good work tool. In many places, we work with old equipment and too old network We are on strike to have investments in the network, it is unimaginable that it comes from us”, he hammered on RMC.
He believes that it is not the work of a railway worker who does not have a “tradition of sabotaging his work tool”.
“More than two hours to go to work”: travelers tell their galley
Some regulars at the Gare de l’Est still tried to go to work this Wednesday morning. “I had a train scheduled for 6:50 a.m. At 8 a.m., I called the SNCF to find another train, I managed to get one at 9:25 a.m.,” a traveler told BFMTV.
Coming from Cergy-Pontoise, the user took line H to reach the Gare du Nord before reaching the Gare de l’Est where his train was 10 minutes late.
“I will still manage to go to work today with a delay of more than two hours on arrival,” he summarizes.
Other travelers are more worried about the return. “How are we going to get home?” asks one of them.
The wait sometimes angered travelers. “Yesterday, I left my job at 7 a.m., I went home at 2 p.m. and I had to leave at 4 p.m. to be able to return to my post”, criticizes a Francilienne who works at the hospital.
Hundreds of cables checked one by one at the signal box
The SNCF agents worked all night at the signal box. More than 600 electrical cables must be checked or even changed, one by one, to ensure optimal security on the network.
According to information from BFMTV, the work has progressed faster than expected. 30 agents are continuously mobilized.
Other departure stations for TGVs
One out of three TGVs runs during rush hour this Wednesday morning, but not necessarily from the Gare de l’Est.
Some main line trains have their route modified, right from the departure station. For example, the 10:08 Ouigo train to Strasbourg will depart from Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV airport.
The one to Nancy, scheduled for 10:13 a.m., will leave from the Gare du Nord. A delay of 10 minutes is however announced by the SNCF.
Almost normal traffic on some lines
Despite the difficulties due to the fire of electric cables, some lines can circulate normally at the Gare de l’Est.
These are the RER E, the southern branch of line P and the TER connecting Paris-Troyes-Mulhouse.
Travelers fully reimbursed
Travelers concerned by the cancellation of their train are contacted by email or SMS, in order to exchange their ticket free of charge for another train as far as possible or to cancel their ticket on the SNCF sites and applications and be reimbursed in full.
“I had booked my ticket a long time in advance, and even if I am reimbursed, the one I will have to buy back immediately will surely be much higher”, laments to AFP, Christophe Couder, 30, chemical engineer in Strasbourg, who had to take an afternoon off due to the cancellation of his train.
Find all the details of the SNCF forecasts in our article.
Longer journey times to be expected on line P
Only one in two trains will be in circulation on the Paris-Est and Meaux and Paris-Est and Château-Thierry axes this Wednesday. The next departure from Meaux station for the capital is scheduled for 7:35 am.
Extensions of journey time are also to be expected, up to 15 minutes, warns the SNCF. Trains between Paris-Est and La Ferté Millon have been cancelled.
The railway company invites people who can to postpone their trip.
Opening an investigation
The Meaux prosecutor’s office on Tuesday ordered the opening of an investigation by the head of voluntary degradation by fire and endangering others.
The investigations were entrusted to the judicial police service of Meaux.
SNCF Réseau and Île-de-France Mobilités have announced file a complaint.
No trace of break-in to the access roads of the SNCF
The first observations made it possible to establish that two concrete panels blocking access to the hatch of the electrical box in the Vaires-sur-Marne sector had been removed. Inside, the electric cables were set on fire overnight from Monday to Tuesday.
The first elements of the investigation also reveal that a second box, accessible only by a tunnel under the tracks, was set on fire. The two hatch access plates have also been removed and placed on the floor.
Finally, an access gate to the SNCF tracks was found open, without any trace of break-in.
An intentional fire is at the origin of these disturbances
Traffic was paralyzed on Tuesday and will still be severely disrupted due to a malicious act in an SNCF technical room in Vaires-sur-Marne (Seine-et-Marne).
48 electrical cables were found burned overnight from Monday to Tuesday. These cables, used for signaling, are necessary for the proper functioning of trains.
Cables “very important for the operating system”, for an area located in a “railway node”, where traffic is concentrated, said Olivier Bancel, Executive Director General Projects Maintenance and Operation of SNCF Réseau.
Only one in three TGVs during peak hours
Only one out of three Inoui and Ouigo TGVs will run during rush hour, then one out of two trains during the day. TER traffic will experience service adaptations but should resume normally.
Line P, also affected on its northern branch by the malicious act since Tuesday, will remain disrupted. One in two Transilien will run during rush hour, but a return to normal is expected for the rest of the day with adaptations outside of rush hour.
The metros and the RER E remain spared from the breakdown, as was already the case on Tuesday.
Traffic still severely disrupted this Wednesday at the Gare de l’Est
The galley should continue for users of the Gare de l’Est trains this Wednesday. An intentional fire which occurred during the night of Monday to Tuesday heavily damaged cables supplying the signaling and switching installations of the SNCF in Vaires-sur-Marne.
SNCF announced at 5 p.m. on Tuesday that traffic will be “severely disrupted” and that traffic will not be completely restored this Wednesday on arrival and departure from the station, given the extent of the damage.
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