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Passengers to Paris airport face bus replacement service after signal failure on train line

Passengers to and from Paris' main airport are facing a replacement bus service after a signal failure on the rail line.

Passengers to Paris airport face bus replacement service after signal failure on train line

The RER line B service has stopped completely between Charles de Gaulle airport and Parc des Expositions.

Rail operator SNCF blamed a signal failure for the issue, which began on Tuesday morning.

 

A spokesman for SNCF said: “Around 8:15am on Tuesday, works on a pavement caused water to leak into one of our electrical relay rooms. We therefore had to cut the current and allow time to plug the leak, dry and check the facilities.”

The RER line B is running as normal through central Paris and as far as Parc des Expositions.

Replacement bus services are in place from Parc des Expositions to the airport but SNCF said that it hoped to have trains running again by 5pm on Tuesday.

“Around 8:15, work on a road pavement caused water infiltration into one of our electrical relay rooms,” says SNCF. It was necessary to cut the current, the time to plug the leak, dry and check the facilities.”

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French airport to close in August for repair work on main runway

A major programme of renovation work has been ongoing at Lille-Lesquin airport, but now airport bosses say that the terminal will have to close completely for a short period.

French airport to close in August for repair work on main runway
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The works have been going on at the north east France airport since November 2018, but now airport bosses say they have no choice but to close completely for two days in August to allow works to be done on the main runway.

There will therefore be no flights taking off or landing at Lille between 11pm on Monday, August 5th and 2pm on Wednesday, August 7th.

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Flights for those days are being diverted to either Ostend in Belgium or Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

The airport operators are offering free shuttle buses to ferry people to and from the diverted airport, but at 223km to Paris or 72km to Ostend, that will add significantly to journey times for flights.

For example anyone booked on the 6am flight to Varna, Bulgaria, will have to depart from Lille airport in the shuttle bus at 00.30 in order to get to Paris CDG in time to catch their flight.

Lille airport bosses apologised in advance to passengers for the disruption, but said that August was the most appropriate month to carry out the closures.

For a full list of the flights affected, and the timetable of the shuttle bus alternative, click here.

The site warns that some details are subject to change, so we would suggest that people check again nearer to their flight date.

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