France weather LATEST: 15cm of snow paralyses transport in Paris area

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Commuters in Paris faced a tough task getting to work on Wednesday after 15cm of snow overnight caused transport chaos on the roads and also hit train services.

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Drivers urged to stay out of their cars in Paris region

 

  • Train services severely hit with less than half the train service running
  • No bus services were operating in Paris
  • Between 12cm and 15cm of snow fell in the Paris region
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On Wednesday morning much of northern France including the capital and its surrounding areas woke up to a white blanket of snow after between 12cm and 15cm fell overnight. That prompted the ministry of the interior and police to urge motorists in the greater Paris region of Île-de-France not to get in their cars on Wednesdaymorning to avoid creating jams on the roads. On Tuesday night the Île-de-France region recorded a record number of tailbacks stretching 739km in total as commuters headed home or at least tried to. For many the journey turned into a nightmare with some unable to get home.  Some 230 people spent the night at Orly airport while 700 slept in Montparnasse and Austerlitz train stations in Paris unable to catch a train home. on Wednesday certain roads remained blocked such as the N 118, with the interior ministry saying the situation on the roads remains “very complicated” on the main arteries in the Île-de-France.

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The ministry insisted services had been mobilized but said the snow meant the they were facing an “exceptional” situation. Heavy Goods Vehicles remain barred from the principal routes in the area, leaving trucks stacked up along the motorways until the crisis ease While workers were warned not to drive, France’s rail chiefs SNCF also asked passengers to delay their journeys on Wednesday morning due services being severely hit, meaning for some it will simply be impossible to get to work. “Rail traffic will severely disrupted this morning in the Île-de-France with less than half of train services operating,” an SNCF spokesman said.Heavy Goods Vehicles remain barred from the principal routes in the area, leaving trucks stacked up along the motorways until the crisis eases. While workers were warned not to drive, France’s rail chiefs SNCF also asked passengers to delay their journeys on Wednesday morning due services being severely hit, meaning for some it will simply be impossible to get to work.            ——————–picture —–TRALAs——————-

“Rail traffic will severely disrupted this morning in the Île-de-France with less than half of train services operating,” an SNCF spokesman said.

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