If you are coming to France in the next few days and months or you just live in France and rely on train travel then there are quite a few dates to get in your diary. (SEE full calendar below.) Rail workers have long since made their intentions clear to hold a series of two-day rolling strikes until April 28th. The first of these two-day strikes was held on Tuesday April 3rd and Wednesday April 4th and rail users were given a sign of what they can expect over the coming weeks with services severely disrupted. Only one out of eight high-speed TGV trains were running and only a quarter of services in the Paris region. Rail workers believe the tactic of striking for two days, then returning to work for three days, before another two day strike will maximize the disruption to the rail network whilst not hitting them as hard in the pocket as a continuous rolling strike. The dates below in blue show when the rail strikes are due to take place. Unions have vowed they will go ahead unless … [Read more...] about UPDATED: The days to avoid train and plane travel in France this April
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Main info on Wednesday Passengers advised not to go to stations if train is cancelled TGV high speed services hit. Only 1 in 7 operating TER regional trains running at 20 percent of normal service Only 1 in 8 Intercité trains running Only around a quarter of trains running in Paris region All RER services disrupted to varying extents International trains including Eurostar also impacted to lesser degree Paris Metro service running as normal Only one in seven high-speed TGV trains and one in five regional trains were expected to be running, state rail operator SNCF warned, after similar stoppages on the first day of the walkout that French media dubbed "Black Tuesday". The strike is being led by SNCF staff but workers at Air France as well as garbage collectors and some energy workers also staged separate walkouts in a growing atmosphere of social strife 11 months after 40-year-old Macron came to power. Macron's government says the … [Read more...] about France faces second day of transport chaos as rail workers continue strike
Main info: Train services severely disrupted across France 77 percent of train drivers join strike and 48 percent of rail workers Some train lines closed while only one in eight TGV services operating Three out of four Eurostar services are running Regional TER and Intercité train services also severely hit Exceptional level of traffic jams on roads around Paris Less than half of RER train services operating around Paris region French rail workers kicked off three months of rolling strikes Tuesday, part of a wave of industrial action that will test President Emmanuel Macron's resolve to reshape France with sweeping reforms. The strike will cause chaos for France's 4.5 million train passengers, with stoppages planned two days out of five until June 28 unless Macron drops his bid to force a major overhaul at state rail operator SNCF. All train services were severely hit, with some lines closed entirely. Only one in eight high speed TGV trains were … [Read more...] about ‘Black Tuesday’: French rail workers begin three months of rolling strikes
Workers standing in one of the Gotthard base access tunnels. Photo: AFP When Swiss engineer Carl Eduard Gruner came up with the idea to build the world's longest rail tunnel under the Alps in 1947, he predicted the visionary project could be finished by the start of the 21st century. He would turn out to be off by 16 years. Gruner's sketch and technical paper called "Journey through the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) in the year 2000" planted the seeds for a venture that will be launched this week and aims to transform travel through the heart of Europe. Constructing the 57-km rail tunnel took just over 12 billion francs (S$16.65 billion) and some 2,400 workers, according to Swiss government statistics. More than 28 million tonnes of rock had to be excavated from the mountain near the Gotthard pass. The bumpy road from Gruner's initial idea to the official start of construction in 1999 included bureaucratic delays and concern over the project's financial viability. Switzerland's … [Read more...] about Vast Swiss rail tunnel finally sees light at end of long wait
San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour. Do the math and you're zooming along at a speed of more than 600 miles per hour. That expedient California commute is what Tesla Motors and SpaceX chief Elon Musk is promising with his new project Hyperloop. At the moment, Musk is keeping mum on just about everything but the name and the boast, promising the big reveal of what he calls a "cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table" on August 12. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below But there are few options out there that can meet Hyperloop's promised velocity. Ordinary magnetic levitation (maglev) trains like Japan's speed demons can't do much better than 300 to 350 mph—above that speed the air resistance is simply too great. The proposed technology that seems closest to Musk's promise is the vactrain, a marvel that has been promised for decades and never come close to fruition.Where Musk appears to be aiming for 600 to 700 mph, Vactrain backers like Evacuated … [Read more...] about Why Don’t We Have Super-High-Speed Rail Already?