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the Grand Est region suspends its payments to the SNCF, denouncing “unacceptable disturbances”

Jean Rottner, the president of the region, believes that “the accumulation of disturbances is unacceptable” on the TER network.

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The Grand Est region decided on Friday April 8 to suspend its payments to the SNCF to protest against the poor quality of service provided on the TER network, reports France Bleu Alsace. The announcement was made Friday morning during the permanent committee of the regional council.

During this session, Jean Rottner, the president of the Grand Est region justified this decision: “We have 14 fewer trains due to asbestos, we have a post-Covid load increase which does not correspond to what was planned, there is a malfunctioning information system”. He is waiting for the SNCF “a general correction plan in relation to the requirement that we had on January 1 of this year.”

Later, Jean Rottner posted this message on his Twitter account: “Time for a return to normal, we will stop paying, we have less TER, malfunctions. For me, the service provided is not up to what our users are entitled to expect.” The elected official believes that “the accumulation of disturbances is unacceptable.”

This decision of the regional council does not surprise François Giordani, the president of the national federation of transport users (Fnaut) in the Grand Est. “It was inevitable” because on some lines, “We are still at 76% of the schedule provided for in the SNCF transport plan. It was time for the region to react.”

On December 1, 2021, the Hauts-de-France region decided to block its payments to SNCF. Its president Xavier Bertrand explained that he wanted to sanction the railway company for the delays and cancellations of trains on the TER network. The Hauts-de-France regional council announced the resumption of payments on March 16.

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