Angry travellers create ‘ghost train’

Angry customers of French state railway SNCF are planning to create a “ghost train” to protest against a frequent delays and an increase in ticket prices.

Season ticket holders for the Paris Le Mans-Angers-Nantes train have bought up 800 tickets on the 17.51 service on May 16th to protest frequently late trains and a 1.7% increase in ticket price due on July 1st.

These travellers pay a monthly subscription of €500-€600, and are free to buy places on the train for  €1.50.

Spokesperson for the organisation behind the protest, Pascal Mignot, said: “The SNCF is not taking our demands seriously, so we’re going to hit them where it hurts – their wallets.”

The SNCF claim the service has been on time since the March 15th, and that the stunt will affect travellers who wish to go away that weekend, which is a bank holiday in France, the most.

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