The schedules of the RER A and a suburban train line in the Paris region, which dated back to the 1990s, will change Monday to improve punctuality, announced Thursday the Ile-de-France region, the SNCF and the RATP during ‘a press conference.
Operated jointly by these last two public companies, Line A crosses the Paris region from East to West and is the busiest rail line in Europe, with more than one million passengers a day.
The slightest incident, like a door blocked for a few seconds in the station, causes cascading effects on this line. In its central section, under Paris, trains follow each other at intervals of 2 minutes during peak hours.
The redesign of schedules will lead in some cases to a slight decrease in frequencies, compensated for the travelers by a greater reliability on the announced schedules.
“The bet we make” is to have “traffic conditions that will be much more realistic and will allow to respect the traffic time that is displayed,” said Cyril Condé, RATP director at RATP.
On the line serving Cergy for example, the theoretical frequency of trains (RER A and line L of Transilien) will increase to two every 12 minutes, instead of 10 minutes today, according to Ile-de-France mobilities, the agency which manages transport.
But the expected reduction in delays should improve the frequency actually observed by travelers, which is currently 13 minutes on average, or 20 minutes peak.
The redesign of schedules is accompanied by other measures, such as the deployment of new dog teams that are able to remove doubt very quickly in case of abandoned bag or suitcase, the recurring nightmare of transport operators.
To find out if a package is suspect or dangerous usually takes up to 45 minutes today, but the delay can go down to between seven and 15 minutes with dogs, explained the officials of the SNCF and the RATP.
The redesign of schedules is facilitated by the introduction of higher capacity trains, which can carry as many passengers with fewer trains.