France braces up for Black Saturday-related travel chaos

Published on : Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Black Saturday in FranceFrance braces up for its very first ‘Black Saturday’ of the summer season and the unavoidable travel chaos that is always associated to this day.


The government of France has warned its citizens of ‘extremely difficult’ driving conditions in the nation, particularly on the Mediterranean coast. It also declared that Friday would witness ‘very difficult’ traffic while Sunday would also bear testimony to ‘difficult’ traffic.


Black Saturday in France simply implies a day that is characterized by a ‘crossover’ that occurs between a majority of the country going for a holiday and a large number of citizens returning from excursions that fill up the nation’s road network. This day generally falls towards the end of the month of July. During this day, several British families also end up enjoying their school holidays. This period is referred to as ‘les jours de grand departs’, that means the days of great departure.


The travel association named ABTA said that 4,00,000 Britons might be enjoying their holiday in France on this day.


This turbulent Black Saturday would be approaching just a week following security checks at the French border control in the region of Dover that triggered several hours of delays for the travellers and lorry drivers who were entering the port. Police have said that this sort of a chaos might be repeated during this summer.


Centre National d’Information Routiere (CNIR), the French highway authority has warned that the major connecting routes in France would be adversely affected.


CNIR has released a few maps that portray the roads that would be the worst sufferers. The highest impacts would be suffered by the roads that would go around Ile de France, Paris and the coastal resorts of Montpellier, Marseille and Nice. Motorists have been advised to avoid all these roads by CNIR.


In addition, the road that connects the southern part of France and Lyon would be very busy as it is a favorite holiday destination for Britons and French holidaymakers.


CNIR has been asking drivers to go for a ‘Sunday departure’.


The motoring association of France, AA has advised motorists to use alternative, smaller routes instead of the auto-routes to avoid traffic congestion.


AA has also asked Britons to keep aside a good amount of time while they are on a journey and to carry water, food and appropriate clothing in the car.


6th August is also declared as ‘black’. And, the next Saturday has been marked as ‘Red Saturday’ implying the traffic would be very difficult on that day as well.


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