South west France rail strike: How train services are affected on Monday

Railway workers in south west France were set to strike on Monday with services across the region - particularly between Bordeaux and Toulouse - severely disrupted. Here's what's running.

South west France rail strike: How train services are affected on Monday
The strike on Monday is expected to have a big impact on railway services including the high-speed TGV trains and the regional Transilien services. Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP

Members of the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) and the National Union of Autonomous Trade Unions (UNSA) in Nouvelle Aquitaine called   th in a dispute over pay and pensions.

A severely reduced timetable is running, with no services at all in some areas.


As many as 85 percent of TGV trains between Paris and Bordeaux will be cancelled, SNCF announced. However, the railway company said it would guarantee five TGV return journeys between Paris and Bordeaux, which is about 15 percent of the normal services, “for those who need to travel on that day”.

However, there will be no TGV trains between Bordeaux and Toulouse or Bordeaux and Hendaye.


Intercités trains will also be affected, with only two return journeys between Toulouse and Marseille on the Bordeaux-Marseille line.

There will be two return journeys from Toulouse to Bayonne, but no trains between Nantes and Bordeaux.

The Paris-Orléans-Limoges-Toulouse service and the night trains between Paris-Rodez/Toulouse and Paris-Latour de Carol/Lourdes will not be affected and will operate normally.

The company will warn customers who have already bought tickets for the TGV Inoui, Ouigo and Intercités trains, and will be given a refund or given the option to exchange their tickets.


As for the TER local trains in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, services will be running at around 30 percent, SNCF said. Ten of the region’s 30 services will not be operating:

  • Poitiers/Angoulême
  • Angoulême/Bordeaux
  • Angoulême/Saintes/Royan
  • Poitiers/La Rochelle
  • La Rochelle/Saintes
  • Bordeaux/Archachon
  • bordeaux/Agen
  • Niort/Saintes
  • Bordeaux/Morcenx/Dax
  • Agen/Périgueux

The strike is scheduled to last until 8am on Tuesday 25th.

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Strike to ‘strongly disturb’ Parisian bus and tram services on Monday

Strikes over working conditions means that bus and tram lines in the French capital will be running at 60 percent capacity on Monday, with further disruption expected later in the week.

Strike to 'strongly disturb' Parisian bus and tram services on Monday

A fresh wave of strikes at the RATP – the company responsible for operating public transport in Paris – will result in widespread disruption on Monday. 

While Metro and RER services will run as normal, bus and tram services will operate at a significantly reduced capacity. 

In a notice to passengers published on Sunday evening, the RATP said that some bus lines would be closed completely. Only two out of three buses will run on the lines that remain open during the daytime. The night bus service will run as normal. 

On average, three out of five trams will run on Monday. 

Normal traffic is expected on tramlines T5, T6 and T7. 

On T1, only one out of two trams will run, with a ten minute interval between each shuttle. The line will only run between Gare de Noisy and Gare de Gennevilliers. Operation times are limited to 06:00-11:00 and 15h:00-20:00. 

On T2, only one out of two trams will run during rush hour. The line will connect Porte de Versailles and Puteaux with shuttles running every ten minutes during rush hour and every 20 minutes outside of this. Between Pont de Bezons and Charlebourg, shuttles will run every five minutes during rush hour and every fifteen minutes outside of this. 

T3a will operate one out of every two trams, exclusively between Pont du Garigliano and Porte d’Italie. The line will run from 06:30-11:00 and 16:30-21:00. 

T3b will operate half of all trams, exclusively between Porte de Vincennes and Porte de la Chapelle. Traffic will only run from 06:00-10:30 and 15:30-20:00. 

The T8 line is by far the most disrupted with only one in every four trams running. The line will only operate between Saint-Denis – Porte de Paris et Epinay–Orgemont. Trams will run between 06:00-10:00 and 16:00-20:00. 

Further strike action is expected on Wednesday, although RATP are yet to disclose the scale of that later disruption. 

What is behind the strikes? 

Bus and tram workers are striking over proposed plans to open up RATP services to subsidiary companies, with changes to working conditions.

As of January 1st, 2025, all bus will be transferred to the subsidiaries or competing companies who won bids issued by the regional transport authority, Île-de-France Mobilités. 

RATP plans to put the new working conditions into effect – those that would have been set to apply in 2025 – as early as July. These changes would impact at least 18,000 drivers. 

Specifically, drivers will fall under the “territorial social framework” (CST), the minimum legal framework for working hours, which will require 35 hours of work per week (and 37 hours per week for select drivers). Currently, the RATP’s rules regarding working hours are more advantageous, with the average driver working 33 hours a week (excluding overtime and travel time). 

Union management has been fighting against these proposed changes for over a year, having already held a strike March 25th, which impacted over 30 percent of bus lines in the Paris region.

Now, they calling for mobilisation to “defend their working conditions” again.