The RATP confirmed on Sunday that traffic would be “severely disrupted” on Monday on its bus and tram networks in Ile-de-France due to a strike which will not affect either metros or RER, and said it hoped for a “slight improvement” tuesday.
Monday, the traffic of certain bus lines will be interrupted and the open lines will have “on average two out of three buses” in circulation “with variations according to the sectors”, specified the RATP Sunday in a press release.
Of the eight tram lines that the company operates in the Paris region, five will be affected by this social movement: T1, T2, T3a and T3b will see one out of two trams run, with for some a total interruption in the middle of the day; for the T8, the frequency will be only one out of four trams, with there also a stop outside the morning and evening rush hours.
Three other lines (T5, T6 and T7) will have normal traffic, as will the Noctilien service on the bus side.
For the whole of this surface network, the RATP confirmed on Sunday its estimates of the day before, that is to say 60% of the traffic provided on average on Monday.
The company recalled that “during the last social movement of March 25, the transport offer provided was 30% on average (Bus & Tramway)” and apologized to users, inviting them to consult its site ratp.fr for detailed forecasts.
“The Metro and RER networks are not affected by this notice”, insisted the RATP, estimating that “for the day of Tuesday May 24, traffic should be slightly improved on the Bus and Tramway networks”.
For more than a year, the RATP has been negotiating with the unions to adapt the working conditions of its 18,000 machinists (bus and tram drivers) to the opening up to competition.
No agreement having been reached, the management announced at the beginning of May that it would take unilateral measures.
Three days of strike are planned for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the call of all the unions, after the day of March 25 which had greatly disrupted the bus and tram networks.