Traffic warnings issued as French holidaymakers hit the road
Saturday is set to be one of the busiest days of the year on French roads as thousands of holidaymakers and tourists head across the country. With jams and tailbacks expected across France, it has been categorized as level ‘red' by road authorities.
Published: 27 July 2018 12:24 CEST
It looks like there will be some disgruntled holidaymakers on French roads on Saturday as people who traditionally take their summer holiday in July (known as “juilletistes”) return home while those who favour August for the summer break (“aoûtiens”) depart.
Bison Futé, the government-run site that monitors traffic levels, has classified traffic for those leaving for their holidays on Saturday as red – the second highest level – which means the situation on the roads will be “very difficult”.
And for those returning from their holidays traffic has been classified 'orange' (“difficult”) – the third highest warning.
Friday is also expected to see 'difficult' traffic conditions for those heading off for the summer.
As a result, Bison Fute has recommended that people delay their journeys if possible.
Map: Bison Fute
“It is strongly discouraged to drive overnight from from Friday to Saturday and at any time on Saturday. It is better to wait until Sunday,” the government site said.
On Friday traffic is expected to be particularly difficult in Burgundy on the A6 between Beaune and Lyon. This section of road has been is classified red by Bison Futé between 12 pm and 2 pm and orange from 9 am and midday and 2 pm to 5 pm.
This section of road is also expected to see heavy traffic on Saturday.
Things are set to calm down across the country on Sunday, with most roads in France classified 'green' meaning there will be “normal traffic”. However the A6 between Beaune and Lyon is nevertheless classified orange from 9 am to 12 pm.
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).
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.
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.
— SNCF TER SUD Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (@TERSUD_SNCF) May 17, 2021
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.
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