760 km of traffic jams at midday under a blazing sun for the first Black Saturday on the roads

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The main traffic difficulties recorded are on Saturday on the A7 motorways, from Lyon to Marseille, and A10, between Paris and Bordeaux.

The peak of caps was reached at 12:10, with 760 km cumulative. Under a scorching sun, the crossover between “July” and “Augustans” did not fail the rule, Saturday August 1. For this first day of summer classified black in the direction of departures, smart one reported a situation “in line with forecasts”.

This year, the peak is comparable to the Saturday equivalent of August 3, 2019 (762 km), and higher than Saturday, July 25, 2020 (609 km). An unexpected record of 955 km of traffic jams was recorded three weeks ago. Never seen in July.

More than 5 hours to connect the south of Lyon to Orange

The main traffic difficulties recorded are on the A7 motorways, from Lyon to Marseille, and A10, between Paris and Bordeaux. “Journey times more than doubled on Saturday on the A7 motorway compared to normal, in particular towards Orange, Valence and Montélimar”, the traffic information site told AFP. With this overloaded traffic in the descent of the Rhône valley from the south of Lyon to Orange, the journey times were, for example, around noon at 5:10 am instead of the usual 1:30. Relief routes have been put in place.

On Saturday morning, an accident also cut off the A89 on the Bordeaux-Lyon axis.

The scorching temperatures made the journey to vacation even more difficult. Thus, Bison futé had given motorists advice on how to get around during traffic jams and heat waves: avoid driving during the hottest hours (…)

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