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France’s second national lockdown resulted in TGV occupancy rates falling from 60% at the start of October to only 15%. French National Railways (SNCF) introduced a reduced timetable from November 5, operating just 30% of usual TGV and Thalys trains, 15% of Eurostar services, and only one or two Intercités services a day. These services could be cut back further if passenger numbers continue to fall.
Transilien suburban services in Paris are continuing to operate as normal during the day but are reduced after 21.00. Any further reductions in Transilien and TER regional passenger services will be decided by the regional authorities alongside SNCF.
The lockdown is set to finish on December 1, but is widely expected to be extended. Freight services are not expected to be badly affected by the shutdown due to the continuation of industrial work.
Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) announced that it was reducing Nightjet services between Austria and Germany, Switzerland and Germany, and Austria and Italy from November 7 until at least December 2.
ÖBB said it had to react appropriately to the restrictions that had been imposed on international travel, but hoped to resume services in time for the holiday period.
Infrastructure manager Banedanmark announced that inter-regional services between Hjørring, Vesthimmerland, Thisted, Frederikshavn, Jammerbugt, Brønderslev and Læsø have been reduced from November 9 to December 3.
On the Struer – Thisted line, Arriva services are only operating between Struer and Lyngs where passengers are transferred to busses to reach Ydby and Thisted. In the rest of North Jutland, services between Aalborg and Frederikshavn has been suspended with North Jutland Railway (NJ) trains only running between Skørping and Aalborg.
The Skagen – Frederikshavn line and the Hirtshals – Hjørring line are operating as usual, as they don’t cross municipal boundaries. Danish State Railways (DSB) services are also running as normal, as DSB does not operate services in the seven affected municipalities.
Following a significant decline in international passenger numbers, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has reduced the numbers of services operating from Switzerland to France and Italy, in consultation with Trenitalia, SNCF and TGV Lyria.
Five services to Italy have been suspended from November 9 while services to France have been reduced to two Geneva – Paris services and one Zurich – Basle – Paris train. The reduction in traffic to France and Italy will be in place until December 1 and December 12, respectively.
A drop in passenger numbers has resulted in Czech Railways (ČD) reducing the number of passenger trains in operation around Prague, Central Bohemia, Pardubice, Hradec Králové, the Moravian-Silesian Region and the Vysočina Region.
Services have been maintained for passengers travelling to work, but reduced for passengers travelling to school or for recreation.
Cross-border services from Harrachov, Czech Republic, to Szklarska Poręba Górna, Poland, were stopped on November 9.
Netherlands Railways (NS) began adjusting its timetable from November 9 in response to a 70% drop in passenger numbers, with most changes coming into effect from the second half of November. NS says 90% of services will continue to operate, with at least two services an hour on each route. NS has already cancelled extra commuter services and weekend night services.
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