A (very) strong demand. More than four million reservations have been made for train trips in France over the Christmas holiday period, Minister Delegate for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said on Sunday. According to the latter, guest of LCI, “it is more than in 2018”.
Last year after the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, the SNCF had sold on December 16 3 million TGV and Intercités tickets for the Christmas holidays, out of the 4.5 million it had put in sale. This year, “we have put in place a sufficient number of trains, in particular at the SNCF”, assured Jean-Baptiste Djebbari.
A health risk?
He wanted to be reassuring about the sanitary conditions of train travel, noting that a year ago no variant was circulating as contagious as Omicron but that there was no vaccine yet, while close 90% of the population aged over 12 is now vaccinated.
In addition, France “has put in place a protocol since May 2020 which is one of the strictest in Europe” with “the disinfection of trains, cleaning, wearing of the compulsory mask” and “the health pass since August 9th. which makes it possible to provide additional comfort for those who use the train ”.