Delays of trains are not a rare thing – it is well-known by all who live on Cote d’Azur. And quite often they happen suddenly like it was last Tuesday on the line between Grasse and Cannes, but caused a big mess in Monaco.
The inspectors have voiced their right of withdrawal after 3 of them were assaulted on the Cannes-Grasse regional line. This meant that, apart from rare exceptions, no more regional trains would be running. The traffic resumed its service the same day in the evening after a meeting between the inspectors and management. The assault happened at 11:25 am, when 2 young men got on at the Grasse station and told the inspectors they would pay their tickets by credit card in the train due to lack of time. A few minutes later, whilst controlling the tickets, the 2 young individuals refused to pay, and hence a fight then ensued. All 3 inspectors were injured, one received a blow to the head, another a broken wrist, and the 3rd inspector was only mildly injured.
The inspectors were then taken to the hospital, and laid charges. Following this, the train station was deserted in Nice for the rest of the day as travellers sought alternative ways to travel around the region. It was put forward yet again that there is a lack of security for both inspectors and passengers in the region. Following the assault, the gendarmerie has been given the task to find the 2 culprits, and bring them to justice.
The impact in Monaco was big, with all the commuters stuck yet again. The proposed alternative transport (bus 100) was not really an alternative, as every time the bus came past the station, it was full. All in all a really unpleasant day for commuting, due to the lack of security in general in the regional trains. Hopefully a real solution will be found soon. Christian Estrosi has been campaigning for more CCTV cameras in trains and stations in the region, but this will not change the security issues. More security agents patrolling the trains will be more effective.
Source : Monaco Matin