Traffic reached a record level Saturday on overheated roads, with a peak of traffic jams of 820 kilometers accumulated at midday according to Bison smart who had announced a black day in the direction of the departures, red for the returns.
For this second crossover weekend marked by scorching temperatures, the main difficulties were at midday on the highways in the north-western quarter of the country (A2, A25, A11, A13) and in the southern half. (A7, A8, A9, A10, A20, A75).
“The peak of traffic jams was reached around 12:05 with 820 km accumulated at the national level”, the equivalent of a Lille-Bordeaux course, said Bison Futé in a press release.
Last Saturday, the peak was 760 kilometers, equivalent to Saturday August 3, 2019 (762 km).
The first difficulties were noted at dawn and many slowdowns were noted, especially in the Rhône valley on the A7 “from the south of Lyon to Orange”, according to the traffic forecasting body.
The journey time was thus 3 hours 45 minutes at midday between Lyon and Orange instead of 1 hour and 35 minutes usually. In the opposite direction, it took 4 hours 30 minutes to reach Lyon from Orange.
Two relief routes have been put in place at the Lançon-Provence toll booth.
On the A9, traffic was “quite difficult” between Nîmes and Gallargues from or towards Spain.
The A61 between Toulouse and Narbonne was also very busy: motorists had to count 2 additional hours to reach Toulouse from Narbonne, according to Vinci-Autoroutes, the country’s leading motorway operator.
In the South-West, the first traffic jams appeared south of Tours towards Bordeaux on the A10 then between Poitiers and Bordeaux where the journey time was extended by 1 hour 30 minutes.
The situation will improve on Sunday, a day classified as green at national level and orange in the South-West, the Rhône valley and the Mediterranean arc in the direction of the departures. Bison Futé is also planning green in the direction of returns at national level, except for the Mediterranean arc and the Rhône valley, classified as orange.
Nine departments are placed on red alert because of the hot weather affecting France, combined with the health crisis and ozone pollution.
The ozone pollution alert procedure was maintained for the third consecutive day in the Bouches-du-Rhône, resulting in restrictive measures, particularly on the roads. The prefecture of Bouches-du-Rhône has imposed a reduction of 20 km / h of the maximum authorized speeds (above 70 km / h).
Paris implemented differentiated traffic on Thursday and the same measure applies to Lyon on Saturday.