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Travel warnings as France heads on holiday

It promises to be a hot weekend on roads around France and not just because of the heatwave. With the summer holidays about to start, warnings have been issued to motorists.

Travel warnings as France heads on holiday
Being stuck in a car or a train will not be pleasant this weekend. Photo: AFP

France could be heading for a chaotic weekend of travel as schools nationwide broke for summer holidays on Friday.

The traditional start of the holidays often means problems on the country's transport systems, that is made worse this year by the sweltering temperatures.

Traffic is likely to heavy on most major routes, according to traffic info service Bison Futé as holiday-makers make their way out of the cities to the cooler climes of the beaches and mountains in the south of France.
 
Bison Futé says the main problem will be in the region around Paris as the capital's residents desperately try to get out of the city to escape the heat.
 
Motorists are being advised to avoid roads out of the city on Friday night and during the day on Saturday. Bison Futé says drivers can also expect delays on the roads in the Rhone-Alps département in eastern France especially around the city of Lyon.
 
Anyone hoping to leave Paris on Friday is advised to wait until after 8pm.
 
The motorways A10, A13, A6, A7, and A61 are best avoided on Saturday between 10am and 3pm and on the A63, A8 and A9 between 10am and 1pm.
 
Basically anyone who wants to get out of town is advised to do so before 9am on Saturday.
 
As well as the expected traffic jams on the roads, it could be difficult weekend if you are travelling anywhere by train.
 
As The Local reported on Thursday, rail chiefs were warning passengers to face delays as the heatwave was causing havoc on the rails.
 
French national railway company SNCF warned that delays would continue in the scorching weather as trains would be forced to go slower because the heat was effectively deforming the power cables.
 
The heatwave has seen record temperatures across parts of northern France with the mercury in Paris reaching 39.7 celsius – the highest temperature since 1947. 

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New flights to south of France launched by Jet2

The low-cost British airline Jet2 has announced it will begin operating new services between the UK and southern France, starting in the summer of 2022.

New flights to south of France launched by Jet2
Flights will operate from May 1st 2022. Photo: AFP

When travelling is possible again, getting to Toulouse from the north-west of England is set to become much easier with the launch of new flights from Manchester Airport.

Jet2 already flies to Bergerac, La Rochelle and Nice. The company announced the new destination in response to demand for summer 2022 holidays.

Flights to the “Pink City” in south west France will operate from May 1st until October 16th 2022.

“Since putting our Summer 2022 programme on sale from Manchester Airport, we have added a significant number of flights and destinations in response to the demand from customers who want to get their all-important holidays booked in,” Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said in a press release.

Since the British government announced a lockdown roadmap on Tuesday, with plans to end England restrictions by June 21st, the company has begun to see a surge in bookings.

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However the present rules on entry into France from the UK are the strictest they have ever been, with virtually no travel allowed between the two countries and no end-date to the current restrictions.

Jet2 plans to reopen its services in mid-May.

“Following the UK government announcement that international travel will not return until May 17th 2021 at the earliest, we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 16th May 2021,” Jet2 said on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/jet2tweets/status/1364188796506562561

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