SNCF to close ticket offices at train stations across the Riviera

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The SNCF, France’s state-owned railway operator, has announced that ticket offices at 14 stations across the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var are being phased out. Some will become a thing of the past, while others will be replaced with a part-time service.  

As of 1st May, passengers at six of the 14 stations will no longer be able to buy their tickets from manned SNCF ticket offices. Instead, those alighting at Sospel, La Trinité, Cannes-la-Bocca, Mandelieu, Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël’s Boulouris TER station will instead have to use a ticket machine or digital means.

The remaining eight stations – Menton Garavan, Carnoles, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cros-de-Cagnes, Villeneuve-Loubet, Biot, Golfe-Juan and Grasse – will still employ ticket agents, but only on certain days and at peak times. Some of these ticket offices will be closed completely, with the agents posted to the platforms instead of seated behind a desk.  

“Their missions will essentially be directed towards helping with the use of regional ticket distributors and digital support, such as navigating the SNCF mobile application,” Tony Tripoul, a representative for the SNCF’s operations branch at the CGT, told the Monaco Matin. 

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