IN PICTURES: Black Monday of transport chaos in Paris

IN PICTURES: Black Monday of transport chaos in Paris
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As mass transport strikes across France continued, Paris saw a 'black Monday' rush hour combination of high numbers of commuters, technical problems on one of the few Metro lines running and torrential rain.

Public transport across Paris has been badly disrupted since the strikes began on Thursday, with just two of the city's 16 Metro lines running as normal and bus and tram services severely limited – many running only during rush hours.

 

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But the mood on Thursday and Friday was relatively calm as many people had opted to take the days as holiday days or work from home, while fine weather tempted others to try out cycling to work or taking an electric scooter.

On Monday, however things took a turn for the worse as tens of thousands of commuters returned to work, while torrential rain dissuaded all but the most committed cyclists.

 

Anticipating a busy day, city transport officials RATP had sacrificed many weekend services to concentrate their resources on Monday and were running four rush-hour only Metro lines in addition to the two automated lines – Line 1 and Line 14 – that were running as normal.

 

However technical problems on Line 4 only contributed to the misery.

Many people had apparently resorted to their cars, and by 8.30am 600km of traffic jams were being reported across the greater Paris Île-de-France region.

 

 


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