Strike against the opening up to competition of rail in Paca: TER traffic very disrupted

TER traffic was very disrupted Thursday in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Paca) due to a strike by railway workers against the decision to entrust the operation of the TER Marseille-Nice link to the Transdev group, at the expense of the SNCF.

There was on average one in two trains in circulation with lines particularly affected such as Les Arcs-Cannes where only one in four trains was running, we learned from the SNCF which was not able to specify the rate. strikers.

The Paca region, led by LR Renaud Muselier, will propose to regional elected officials on October 29 to choose Transdev to operate the Marseille-Nice link. If this choice were voted, it would be the first rail line escaping the SNCF in the context of the competition.

But for the railway workers’ CGT, the majority in Paca, this opening up to competition sounds like “a real social plan” and, according to the union, some 260 railway jobs will disappear in the region.

“Unique luck”

“The first estimates show a strike followed by the controllers and the drivers”, reported to AFP François Tejedor of the CGT, specifying that FO and the CFDT had also taken part in the movement.

Faced with this movement, Renaud Muselier wished to repeat in a press release that this opening to competition represented for him on the contrary “a unique opportunity” with a train offer which will be doubled from 2025 on the Marseille-Toulon-Nice line. The railway workers CGT announces a new strike on the day of the vote on October 29 with a national demonstration in Marseille.

Three companies were in the running to win this link, which represents 10% of regional traffic in terms of the number of trains offered: the historic public operator SNCF, the French private transport group Transdev and Thello, a subsidiary of the Italian public railway company Trenitalia. The 10-year concession contract is estimated at 870 million euros.

SNCF, on the other hand, should keep the operation of the “Azur” lines including the links between Les Arcs / Draguignan and Vintimille (Italy), as well as Nice-Tende and finally Cannes-Grasse where the public company was the only one in contention.

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