All mainline trains should run for the school holidays if the evolution of the health situation allows the lifting of the confinement as scheduled on December 15, the SNCF Tuesday night after President Macron’s announcements.
“As SNCF Voyageurs has been preparing for it for several weeks, all TGV and Intercity trains planned for the Christmas holidays will be able to run from mid-December if health conditions allow it”, a spokesperson told AFP.
“The objective is to meet all the mobility needs of the French in complete health security”, he added, recalling that the tickets are anyway refundable and exchangeable free of charge until January 4.
Explosion of reservations
The SNCF – which currently only circulates 30% of its TGVs – observed an explosion in reservations in the minutes following the president’s speech, revealed on Twitter Alain Krakovitch, the general manager of SNCF travel.
The instructions of@EmmanuelMacron are clear for Christmas: responsibility & the right to travel. Sales have been quivering for a few days, they have “exploded” for 20 minutes. We have strengthened the IS teams & there will be more agents in stores tomorrow to welcome you pic.twitter.com/J3r19YnOrb
— Alain Krakovitch (@alainkrakovitch) November 24, 2020
Emmanuel Macron announced Tuesday evening that the confinement would be lifted on December 15, and replaced by a national curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. – except the evenings of December 24 and 31 – if the health situation continues to deteriorate. improve, that is to say if the number of coronavirus contaminations drops below 5,000 per day, with approximately 2,500 to 3,000 people in intensive care ,.
As of December 15, “We will therefore once again be able to move without authorization, including between regions, and spend Christmas with the family”, but by limiting “Unnecessary trips”, announced Mr. Macron, specifying that the winter sports resorts will remain closed.