strikes and disrupted traffic, a dark day ahead in Strasbourg

strikes and disrupted traffic, a dark day ahead in Strasbourg
strikes and disrupted traffic, a dark day ahead in Strasbourg

Last stage of the Alsatian journey of the Olympic flame, Strasbourg expects major disruptions this Wednesday, June 26. Between strikes, interrupted traffic and improvised demonstrations, residents are expected to encounter great difficulty getting around.

A festive moment for some, a day of hardship for others. No doubt, the passing of the Olympic flame in Strasbourg will leave no one indifferent this Wednesday, June 26. The Eurometropolis is the seventh and final stage of the relay in Alsace. It will notably be the location for the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at the start of the evening at Place Kléber.

The event, placed under close surveillance, will require numerous traffic restrictions for residents. The prefect of Bas-Rhin announced the closure of the relay route the latest one hour before the passage of the bearers, and 30 minutes after the procession” this Wednesday. It will be impossible to park in a large area corresponding to the path of the flame, from this Tuesday, June 25.

The prefect suggested at a press conference that slowdowns will be expected on the expressway when the flame arrives from Lembach at the end of the afternoon. At the same time, the CeA announces the ban on the circulation of exceptional category 2 and 3 transport on “motorways, 2×2 lanes with divided carriageways and two-way roads“Alsatian.

Pedestrians also affected

In addition to road traffic disruptions, there are disruptions to the public transport network. Many bus and tram lines will be cut on Wednesday between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The details of the disturbances can be found on the CTS website. As a reminder, the Strasbourg transport company is on strike until June 30. The trams will only run until 8 p.m. with a significantly reduced frequency.

  • The lines of tram A, B and D will run approximately every 14 to 16 minutes.
  • The line of tram F will run approximately every 20 to 30 minutes.
  • The lines of tram C and E will run approximately every 14 minutes.
  • THE services breplacement usC/E trams will run every 7 minutes.

Favoring travel on foot or by bike therefore seems to be a good idea to avoid being subject to the special Olympic flame system. At least, outside the city center since Place Kléber will be subject to increased surveillance. The area will be completely cordoned off and security checks will be carried out at the entrance. Forty security agents will be mobilized for the occasion. The square will be subject to a mine clearance operation upstream, as will its underground car park, closed all day on Wednesday.

CTS agents will not be the only ones to take advantage of the passing of the Olympic flame to make their demands heard. The inter-union of the municipal police of Strasbourg filed a strike notice all day Wednesday. “Today we have a risk premium on which we do not contribute for retirement“, deplores Éric Schumacher, CFTC delegate. “We also want to increase salaries. Today a municipal police officer who is starting out is on minimum wage.”

The unionist indicates that no municipal agent will work this Wednesday, except “three police officers kept at a command post“. National agents had to be mobilized during the passage of the flame to compensate for this absence.

The fairgrounds also want to mark the occasion this Wednesday, through a demonstration. A blockade operation at the entrance to the city would be considered. No concrete action has yet been unanimously decided. Still upset following the cancellation of the Saint-Jean 2024 fair, they want to obtain the guarantee of a site that can accommodate them next year. At a press conference, Josiane Chevalier indicated on Friday that she had not received “no request for demonstration” during the passage of the Olympic flame.



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