Major Power Supply Disruption at Paris-Montparnasse Station Causes Massive Train Traffic Delays on Southwest Lines

2023-09-24 21:51:06

A power supply problem disrupted train traffic at Paris-Montparnasse station this Sunday.

Traffic was severely disrupted at Montparnasse station this Sunday afternoon due to an electrical problem that occurred near Massy-Palaiseau (Essonne).

The vast majority of trains heading to and from the South-West were affected. These are the Paris-Bordeaux, Paris-Hendaye and Paris-Toulouse lines. Delays of 30 minutes to 6 hours were noted.

Montparnasse station on Sunday September 24, 2023 during a major disruption. © Witness

On the station square, the affected travelers had to be patient.

“I had to take a train towards Bordeaux and have a connection to Agen. These two hours of delay made me miss my connection in Bordeaux and that in Agen”, regretted Charles at the microphone of BFMTV.

A train stuck in a tunnel, passengers compensated

Contacted, the SNCF “presents its apologies to the travelers concerned for all the delays recorded this afternoon on the Atlantic network, and remains mobilized for a return to normal traffic as quickly as possible”. An investigation into the cause of the breakdown is underway.

She specifies that a Ouigo train was blocked in a tunnel near Massy.

“As the train could no longer continue its journey, an emergency train was sent from Paris Montparnasse to take care of the passengers. Bottles of water and boxes were distributed on board the emergency train,” explains -She.

Travelers affected by this incident will receive “200%” compensation. Passengers on around forty other trains will benefit from compensation under the G30.

Martin Regley Journalist

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