Incidents, delays, obsolescence… between Paris and Clermont, the train is collapsing – Libération

Incidents, delays, obsolescence… between Paris and Clermont, the train is collapsing – Libération
Incidents, delays, obsolescence… between Paris and Clermont, the train is collapsing – Libération

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On this axis without TGV, aging infrastructure and the lack of maintenance teams are causing delays and train cancellations to increase. The new trains, originally promised for 2026, will be a long time coming.

“My Sunday train has just been canceled!” This Saturday evening, Jeanne, 25, browses the SNCF website to find a place on the 5:33 a.m. train and arrive at her office on time on Monday. New illustration of the problems experienced by Paris-Clermont users. On January 19, a train took eleven hours to reach Auvergne. The Red Cross had to come to the aid of 700 travelers without heating, toilets or food. “In 2017, it took me twelve hours to reach Paris from Vichy. Now I’m leaving the day before, says Pablo, an executive in local authorities. With a delay of more than three hours every fortnight and more than an hour every three days (for journeys supposed to last between three and four and a half hours), the line’s 1.8 million annual passengers are in despair. . “For many, this train is our metro, explains Stéphanie Picard, spokesperson for the users’ collective. We use it to go to work, for a professional, administrative, or sometimes medical appointment.”

Clermont-Ferrand is one of the large French cities not served by a TGV. Orléans, Limoges, Brive, or even the Nantes-Lyon crossroads are faced with the same dilapidation

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