Paris transit strike stymies freight movement in and out of city
THE travelling public is coping with a Paris transit strike by workers of the Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), which also affects air, rail and road networks
THE travelling public is coping with a Paris transit strike by workers of the Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), which also affects air, rail and road networks.
Aside from being a massive inconvenience, it will impact freight movement within France and also on routes connecting major cities in Belgium, Italy and Germany, reports New York's FreightWaves.
Major transport operators have cancelled services. Eurostar rail has announced that it will cancel 78 trains, which is expected to hit 50,000 passengers. Workers are protesting the French pension system they believe needs reform.
Said local freight technology startup Everoad CEO Maxime Legardez: 'It is clear no one knows how long this will last. We have no idea how big of an impact - direct or indirect - it will have on the French economy.
'A significant percentage of goods in France are transported by rail. And with that out of the picture, people will over-solicit the road carriers. This is a situation where there is a shortage of capacity,' said Mr Legardez.
EasyJet has warned passengers to expect cancellations and delays, while British Airways has offered flexible bookings.