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Île-de-France Mobilités denounces “a worrying deterioration” of certain metro and RER lines

Call to order for RATP and SNCF.

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Île-de-France Mobilités denounces “a worrying deterioration” of certain metro and RER lines

Call to order for RATP and SNCF. Faced with “the worrying deterioration” of punctuality “on certain lines” during the month of October, Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM), the organizing authority for public transport in the Ile-de-France region chaired by the president of the region Valérie Pécresse, calls on the RATP “to get back on track and succeed in running all the trains ordered”. Same thing for the SNCF which has, for its part, “three problematic lines” which are “the B and the D, as well as the C, very impacted by the shortage of drivers (more than 10% of missions eliminated)”.

In a press release, IDFM points out that “RATP production in the metro has deteriorated since September”. Among them, five lines are “in great difficulty”, “the same as in September”. Among them, lines 3, 6, 7, 8 and 13 display “peak hour punctuality of less than 85%”. “These are rates of irregularity which did not exist before Covid”, deplores the Ile-de-France authority, which adds that line 12 is also “in difficulty”, “falling back below 90% even though it had obtained good results in September.”

Furthermore, according to IDFM, four lines have “results close to the objective”. Among these, lines 2, 4, 9 and 10. Good students, four others “have very satisfactory results greater than or equal to the objectives” including the two automatic lines 1 and 14, as well as the two lines 5 and 11. And the causes of this deterioration are known, with IDFM citing “the unavailability of drivers (absenteeism, illness, etc.)”, the “difficulties in maintaining the tracks, metros and trains”. “The tension to find a workforce of maintainers is constant. On line 8, maintenance problems are responsible for more than 20% of metros that do not run,” explains the RATP, while at the exact same time, the RATP communicated on the disrupted traffic on the entire line. the line, “due to the unavailability of trains”.

Other difficulties mentioned: passenger discomfort which is “increasing”, with “up to 10% of trains canceled on the 7”, due to the crowds on certain lines, or even “the increase in suspicious packages”. On line 9, this would represent 9% of unrealized offer. “But this situation in no way exempts operators from the structural causes linked above all to the management of human resources,” concludes IDFM. When contacted, RATP did not wish to react to this press release, but the group had recently indicated that it was going through a “difficult” phase, particularly because of the “resurgence of abandoned packages”.

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In the meantime, the organizing authority has not spared the SNCF either, by pointing the finger at the RER lines B, C and D. And if the RER C is “in recovery”, lines B and D “remain in difficulty, as in previous months, with results of 85% punctuality. So much so that on certain routes, “compensation reaching one month of Navigo pass is already planned”. As for the Transilien network, it seems more spared from criticism, since eight lines are judged "close to the objective", with results superior to or close to the contractual objective for the following lines: A, E, H, J , K, L, N and U. Only two lines, the P and the R, are facing “cyclical difficulties”, according to IDFM, “with 85% punctuality unlike previous months”. Respectively due to work on infrastructure for the first and the derailment of a freight train which occurred on Friday October 20 for the second.

A myriad of faulty lines, which echo the complaints of users and reflect somewhat the exasperation of the competent transport authorities. It is also a way for Valérie Pécresse to put pressure on the main operators, the RATP and the SNCF, less than eight months before the Olympic and Paralympic Games are held in the region. Faced with criticism from the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who recently explained on the set of Quotidien (TMC) that public transport "would not be ready for the Olympics", many had defended a quality network, one of the densest in the world. This Tuesday morning, this is again the case of the Minister of Transport Clément Beaune, who - questioned on this subject on Europe 1 - assured that transport would indeed be "there".

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