French Alps set for ‘black’ Saturday on the roads

Saturday is set to be one of the busiest days of the year on the roads in the French Alps this weekend. With jams and tailbacks expected across the region, it has been categorized as level ‘black' by road authorities.

French Alps set for 'black' Saturday on the roads
Traffic in the French Alps. Photo: AFP
Bison Futé, the government-run site that monitors traffic levels is predicting that traffic in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region on Saturday will be “exceptionally difficult”. 
The traffic chaos is down to a cross over in school holidays in different areas of the country.
Schools in zone C (Créteil, Montpellier, Paris, Toulouse and Versailles) are due to overlap with zone A (Besançon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon and Poitiers) this weekend. 
Map for Saturday. Photo: AFP
Drivers planning to head out of Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and Grenoble on Saturday have also been advised to do so before 4 pm or after 8 pm. 
Bison Fute recommends that motorists avoid driving on the A6 between Paris and Lyon between 8am and 11am, as well as on the long routes to the Alps between 7am and 5pm.
All the roads are expected to return to normal on Sunday. 


Traffic warnings issued in France for Pentecost holiday weekend

Traffic authorities have warned of busy roads as people in France head off for the long Pentecost weekend.

Traffic warnings issued in France for Pentecost holiday weekend
Many French people will be heading off for a long weekend until Monday, which marks the Christian celebration of Pentecost (Pentecôte). Photo: Ludovic MARIN / AFP

Roads will be busy across most of the country on Friday as many people in France take advantage of the public holiday on Monday 24th, which marks the Christian celebration of Pentecost (Pentecôte).

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Bison Futé, the government-run website that monitors traffic levels in France, has put most of the country on orange alert (third highest) on Friday for departures, except for the greater Paris Île-de-France region and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, which were on red alert (second highest).

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Photo: Bison Futé

On Saturday the whole country will also be on orange alert for departures except for the Île-de-France region, which will be on red alert. And the same will be the case on Monday for returns.

Photo: Bison Futé

Rail disruption for trains to Marseille and from Paris to Toulouse

With SCNF carrying out works at the Saint-Charles station in Marseille, there is expected to be significant disruption in trains arriving in the southern French city from Saturday 22nd and Monday 24th of May.

This includes the TER trains between Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, Avignon via Arles, Narbonne and Lyon; the Intercités between Marseille and Bordeaux (a bus service will be available on Sunday 23rd of May) and the TGV Inoui and Ouigo trains.

The Intercité line from Paris to Toulouse will also be severely disrupted due to building works. There will be no trains running on Sunday, and will restart progressively from Monday.

From Wednesday May 19th, the curfew has been pushed back from 7pm to 9pm. So if you are travelling between 9pm and 6am, you need to fill the latest version of the attestation, which can be found on the TousAntiCovid app.