Gare de l’Est in Paris will be completely closed next weekend due to work to secure a century-old bridge spanning tracks, SNCF said on Monday. “An interruption of the power supply throughout the duration of the work will be necessary to ensure the safety of our operations. […] This lockout of the overhead line over the entire beam will require traffic to be stopped, ”SNCF Réseau explained in a press release.
Concretely, TGVs to eastern France, Germany and Luxembourg will be rerouted to Gare du Nord from Friday 10 p.m. to Sunday at the end of service. The TER connecting Paris, Châlons-en-Champagne and Strasbourg will be diverted to Gare de Lyon.
Coaches as reinforcements
The TER connecting Paris to Troyes, Belfort and Mulhouse will be partially replaced by coaches between Châlons-en-Champagne and Troyes (with connection to the previous TER). Trains to Romilly-sur-Seine and Nogent-sur-Seine will be replaced by coaches.
As for suburban trains, they will be removed for the RER E and line P between Paris and Chelles-Gournay, Les Yvris-Noisy le Grand, Verneuil-l’Etang, Tournan and Vaires-Torcy, according to SNCF Réseau.