Traffic jams in France, Germany and Switzerland: Busy holiday routes

Traffic jams in France, Germany and Switzerland: Busy holiday routes
Illustration picture shows a big traffic jam after a traffic accident with a tanker truck, blocking the Brussels R0 highway in both directions, in Beersel, Tuesday 14 September 2021. BELGA PHOTO VIRGINIE LEFOUR

Holiday routes are congested on Saturday for people departing and returning on holiday.

In France, traffic was particularly bad, with roads classified for departures in most of the country and even black in south-east by Bison Futé. Roads were also designated as red for people returning from holiday.

At its worst, Bison Futé counted, at 12:13, 1084.10 kilometers of accumulated traffic jams throughout the region. The region estimated that peak traffic occurred at around 13:00, but warned that traffic congestion could stay in place until 20:00.

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Sunday's traffic should be calmer, with France once again classified as green for both departures and returns, except in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and in the Mediterranean arc, which is designated as orange in some areas.

Over five hours of traffic jams on the road between Paris and the Spanish border

Belgian mobility organization VAB estimated that there are traffic jams of over five hours on the road between Paris  and the Spanish border. From Luxembourg and Lyon to the Spanish border, VAB warns that travel time could be extended for up to four hours.

For returns, drivers must take into account three hours of traffic jams from the Spanish border to Lyon and Luxembourg. The journey from the Spanish border to Paris via Bordeaux is extended by two hours.

Elsewhere in Europe

France isn't the only country to get hit by congested roads. In Germany, journeys are extended by 1 hour and 30 minutes between Würzburg and Salzburg in Austria, passing through Nuremberg and Munich. Between Karlsruhe and Basel, the there are delays of up to one hour.

In Switzerland, local police and the Swiss Touring Club (TCS) showed that cars were queued in columns reaching ten kilometers on Saturday morning on both sides of the Gotthard tunnel near the border with Italy. TCS suggested that the queue could result in an almost two hour delays and therefore recommended taking the San Bernandino route.


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