French rail bosses promise swift response to worsening service

Elisabeth Borne. Photo: Elisabeth Borne
Elisabeth Borne. Photo: Elisabeth Borne

At a meeting in Paris on Monday, January 8, France’s Minister of Transport Elisabeth Borne has asked the bosses of train operate SNCF to carry out a technical audit of the major French stations.

“SNCF will launch a complete diagnostic on all power supply, signalling and computer installations at all major Parisian stations and the main stations in the regions,” the Ministry of Transport said following the meeting.

The audit will have to be finalised by the end of March with a view to making priority investments in the worst trouble spots, starting in April. SNCF promised on Monday a “systematic and legible display in all stations concerned” of all delays and cancellations.

The SNCF bosses had been summoned to the ministry to answer for incidents that left several Parisian terminals in a state of paralysis and for worsening delays on TER lines, such as the service to and from Monaco Monte-Carlo.


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