Main Paris commuter train line hit by major delays after derailment

Main Paris commuter train line hit by major delays after derailment
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Paris commuters faced major delays on Thursday after a train on the RER B commuter line which connects the centre of Paris to its two airports, derailed on Wednesday evening.

The train was empty and no one was harmed in the derailment, which happened around 7pm on Wednesday and lead to major disruptions on the commuter line that connects the French capital with Charles de Gaulle airport in the north and the Orly airport in the south as well as the cities northern and southern suburbs.



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On Thursday morning, public transportation network RATP warned users to prepare for the delays to continue all through Thursday.


Buses were put in place between the stations that were completely closed – Denfert-Rochereau and Laplace to the south of Paris – but they were crowded and difficult to access, French media reported.



On the rest of the line trains were running on a reduced service, with roughly half of the trains running as normal, according to operators.

Responding to frustrated users who could not get to work the RATP network wrote in a tweet that alternative transportation bus were “complicated” at the moment, but that they were looking for an alternative solution.


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