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SNCF has been operating TGV high-speed services since November 5 at around 30-40% of pre-Covid levels. By comparison, SNCF reduced TGV InOui and Intercity services by 93% during the first lockdown following a collapse in demand from passengers.
TER regional trains are carrying about one-third of normal traffic and SNCF is adjusting service frequency according to the wishes of regional councils – typically around 70% of normal.
Services are likely to be restored over the Chritstmas period with French transport minister, Mr Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, instructing SNCF on November 17 to operate a full timetable from December 15 to January 4.
International services are currently severely limited; Eurostar is operating just one London – Paris and London – Amsterdam service per day; Thalys is providing two Paris – Brussels services with one running through to Amsterdam.
SNCF services are also limited between Paris – Frankfurt (two trains) and Paris – Geneva (two trains) with single trains on Paris – Stuttgart; Paris – Basle – Zürich; Paris – Barcelona; Lyon – Barcelona; and Paris – Milan routes.
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