Topics started by mcadv
For several days in the upcoming time-from 25/8 till 31/8 the unions have announced regional strikes in NL-varies per day and per region. UNless NS makes another wages offer they find acceptable. But if there is no agreement at all in this period, it may mean further and longer strikes after 1/9. There are no strikes announced for weekends-as then staff gets higher bonuses for working.Now this is a bit unusual for NL/NS (and also other minor train companies) as hitherto it was always: no trains at all that day. And it is highly likely this will also work out that way. Yes, that also means the sectpr in NL for INTernational trains. There will be no replacements and there is also no minimal service as prescribed in some other strike-prone countries. But how it works out we will only know after 25/9 (upcoming thursday).NL does not see many strikes as such, but if there are, its nearly always in the transport sector.
As I am now in FRance and travelled yesterday and then overnight to the south a few points to clarify due to recent topics raised. These are from trying out on the long-distance (purple) machines to see how it works and what is available. These machines work the same all over FRance. There are also blue machines for local tickets only without any REServation and the like.It takes a fairly long way but it is possible to make REServations as passholder (differntiated between IR and EU and for both 1st or 2nd). Set up trip, probably for ´later/other station´ then there follows a very long list of types of pax (age, help needed for handicap, etc.) and then a page for ´reductions´ (I always use the French text-you can set them to /en/ and mostly also /de/). Click on MORE/autres there comes the Ir/EU option etc.It will take a few seconds but then appears an overview on date/time chosen for connections and prices to pay. To my utter amazement sometimes it even showed 2 connecting TGV for 10€
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