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SNCF strike 22nd December?

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Hello from a very snowy La Plagne
Some of our family group are booked on the 22 nd December from London to Paris on the Eurostar and then SNCF to Aime.
Yesterday they received a message about a possible strike that day.
Has anybody else heard from SNCF re a strike?
Thanks
Peter
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SNCF are part of the ongoing national strikes check out cestlagreve.fr for the latest news it's updated with all the ongoing and upcoming strike info
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
The French are always on strike.

Country is a mess.

Rent a car.
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@homphomp, Thanks = good info
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@homphomp, thank you.
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Only in France is there a need for a dedicated website & app for strike info!
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 Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Just adding my name to this thread so I can find it again!
We travel on 20th, so a bit concerned, but mainly hopeful.
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
https://actu.fr/societe/greve-sncf-entre-50-60-trains-circuleront-premier-week-end-vacances_30224483.html

It's not looking promising...fingers crossed you get an email saying your train is running
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Latest on the Eurostar ski train for this weekend....

Due to ongoing national strike action in France closing some railway lines in the Alps region we have had no option but to change the departure times of the direct night Ski train on Friday 20th December and the direct day Ski train on 21st December. These unavoidable changes ensure that both trains can still run by avoiding the line closures put in place by SNCF.

The trains will now depart as follows:

Friday 20th December 2019 (Train 9096 (19.45) - London St Pancras/Ashford to Moutiers and Bourg St Maurice)

Original departure time: Friday 20th December 9096 (19.45 London St Pancras/20.28 Ashford International)
New Departure time: Saturday 21st December 9096 (07.19 London St Pancras/07.47 Ashford International)
New arrival time of 15.44 Moutier and 16.29 Bourg St Maurice on 21st December

Saturday 21st December 2019 (Train 9092 (09.45) - London St Pancras/Ashford/Ebbsfleet to Moutiers and Bourg St Maurice)

Original departure time: Saturday 21st December 9092 (09.45 London St Pancras/ 10.28 Ashford International)
New Departure time: Saturday 21st December 9092 (08.22 London St Pancras/08.52 Ashford International)
New arrival time of 16.30 Moutiers and 17.08 Bourg St Maurice on 21st December.

Please arrive at the station two hours before the new departure time with your existing tickets. If this new time is not suitable you can either exchange your ticket for free for an alternative date in the future or request a full refund at /disruption. Please be aware that there is very limited availability to exchange over the Christmas period.  We are sorry for the impact this will have on your plans.
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Well, looks like we are going to be OK getting out tomorrow ( aparat from the issues with the RER getting across Paris) but Our E-star on the way home (Paris - St Panc, 28th) has been cancelled...

Another journey story to add to an ever increasing fund of them.
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Artic Roll, I have heard they are running two trains from Bourg to St. Pancras next Saturday so it might be worth finding out if you can travel on one of them.
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@drue2514, thanks. Welcome to snowHeads. snowHead
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@Dream Genie, they run two trains every Saturday: one "day" and one "overnight". Worth checking, but most of the time they are fully booked by the same people who were on the outward journeys a week earlier.

The re-timed direct overnight Eurostars are also causing some problems. The change on 20 Dec (above) to an early Saturday morning departure required some people to find accommodation in London overnight on Friday, and they lost an expected day's skiing.. For this coming Friday, 27 Dec, it is changing to an early Friday afternoon departure, arriving late Friday evening in Bourg St. Maurice; passengers keep the extra day's skiing but need to find accommodation at short notice in France for Friday night.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
@ecureuil, I am familiar with the ski trains having used them myself and a family member often does. It was his saying that an announcement had been made on the train coming down yesterday morning that prompted me to comment. There may have been passengers who cancelled due to the changes on Friday and Saturday, but there were seats available on his train. I just thought it would be worth Artic Roll investigating the possibility of travelling that route next Saturday. I was only aiming to help. Currently on the Eurostar website the changes of times for trains running down to Bourg are posted, but there is nothing that mentions the return trains. That would suggest that the trains returning to London are expected to run as per schedule? It is all very unfortunate for those with current bookings and I appreciate that the changes are causing difficulties for many, particularly with the train leaving early on Friday afternoon and arriving in Bourg St. Maurice on Friday night.
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
@Dream Genie,nice Idea, something we can look at with the Eurostar team at Bourg. For eg we've friends going back on the SNCF and changing in Paris because there's no Ashford stop on the return Estar (? ) So theirs may not be the only seats free.
OTOH Estar have offered overnight accommodation in Paris and meals, and we've duplicate tickets for 1st train Sun, so we do at least have a backup in place.
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@Arctic Roll, it is good to see that Eurostar are offering accommodation in Paris and seem to be doing all they can to support their customers, also that you have a backup in place. Our son is not travelling back this coming Saturday, but on the 4th and he is being advised to keep an eye on their website and that he will be notified of any changes by e mail.
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For anyone stuck with cancelled Eurostars out of Gare du Nord (and no RER D, very limited RER A and B), worth noting that
a) you get a good response on twitter from the Customer Services team
b) you can get from Gare du Nord to Lille in about an hour on SNCF, and with only 500 m between the main Lille station and Lille Europe, is an easy option for them to transfer your ticket - if there is an alternative E-star train available. (E-star customer services won't book the Lille leg - they are not a TO - but you do have to book it: it's not a turn-up-and-go train. Easy via the SNCF / Oui app)

That's what we did. Given the chaos, we were very happy to get home the 'right' day. Am now recovering the cost of the Lille leg from E-star - €33 pax.

c) Metro 14 is driverless (see Docklands for cf), so is working. Unions: beware what you wish for...

d) The walk from Chatelet les Halles to / from Gare du Nord is about 30 mins with luggage, then one stop to Gare du Lyon. So allow 50 mins total. We looked at other lines closer-by that might be running (e.g. the M4 from Bastille via Gare de l'Est) but it wasn't at all clear, so trusted to Shank's Pony to get it done. Far less stressful than worrying about traffic in a Parisian taxi!
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