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Road traffic alerts this weekend as summer holidays end in France

The final weekend of August will be busy across France as people begin the return to school and work. Here are the roads to watch out for

A photo of traffic jams on a motorway in France under a sign saying PARIS and LYON Centre

Traffic is expected to be bad across much of France over the next few days as the holiday season ends Pic: Sander van der Werf / Shutterstock

Roads across France are set to be extremely busy this weekend (Friday, August 26 to Monday, August 29) as the summer holiday season comes to a close.

Traffic forecaster Bison Futé issued a reminder of its alert today, and said that today and tomorrow are classified as ‘red’ (the second-most-severe level).

It said: “The main difficulties are expected from 10:00 onwards and will continue until early evening, mainly on the A7 and A8 motorways in the Rhône Valley and the Mediterranean, and on the A10 from Bordeaux to Paris.”

Drivers are advised to cross or return to Ile-de-France by 14:00 on Saturday.

And while Sunday is expected to be easier on the roads, a ‘red alert’ has still been issued in the Paris region for Monday morning on the main toll roads and motorways. This is expected due to a mix of late-returning holidaymakers and employees returning to work after their breaks.

Friday, August 26

Departing direction (away from major towns): 

  • avoid the A7 motorway, between Valence and Orange, from 14:00 to 19:00, between Orange and Marseille, from 11:00 to 20:00,
  • avoid the A8 motorway, between Aix-en-Provence and Fréjus, from 11:00 to 19:00, between Nice and Italy, from 16:00 to 19:00,
  • avoid the A62 motorway, between Montauban and Toulouse, from 15:00 to 19:00,
  • avoid the A61 motorway, between Carcassonne and Narbonne, from 17:00 to 19:00.
  • avoid the Mont-Blanc tunnel towards Italy, from 07:00 to 10:00 (delays of more than 30 minutes).

Returning direction (towards major towns):

  • avoid the A13 motorway, between Caen and Rouen, from 17:00 to 19:00,
  • avoid the A10 motorway, at the Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines tollgate from 11:00 to 20:00 and between Bordeaux and Saintes, from 11:00 to 22:00
  • avoid the A63 motorway, between Spain and Bayonne, from 11:00 to 21:00,
  • avoid the A7 motorway, between Marseille and Orange, from 11:00 to 20:00, between Orange and Lyon, from 09:00 to 22:00,
  • avoid the A8 motorway, between Italy and Fréjus, from 10:00 to 20:00, between Fréjus and Aix-en-Provence, from 09:00 to 20:00,
  • avoid the A9 motorway, between Narbonne and Montpellier, from 17:00 to 19:00,
  • avoid the A62 motorway, between Toulouse and Montauban, from 11:00 to 20:00,
  • avoid the A61 motorway, between Narbonne and Carcassonne, from 17:00 to 19:00,
  • avoid the Mont-Blanc tunnel in the direction of France, from 13:00 to 20:00 (delays of more than one hour).

Saturday, August 27

Departing direction (away from major towns): 

  • avoid the A7 motorway, between Lyon and Orange, from 9:00 to 17:00, between Orange and Marseille, from 11:00 to 17:00,
  • avoid the A9 motorway, between Montpellier and Narbonne, from 10:00 to 15:00,
  • avoid the Mont-Blanc tunnel in the direction of Italy, from 09:00 to 18:00 (delays of longer than 30 minutes).

Returning direction (towards major towns):

  • return to or cross the Île-de-France before 14:00,
  • avoid the A13 motorway, between Caen and Rouen, from 10:00 to 16:00,
  • avoid the A10 motorway, between Bordeaux and Poitiers, from 08:00 to 14:00,
  • avoid the A63 motorway, between Bayonne and Bordeaux, from 10:00 to 16:00,
  • avoid the A7 motorway, between Orange and Lyon, from 08:00 to 17:00, between Marseille and Orange, from 09:00 to 14:00,
  • avoid the A9 motorway, between Narbonne and Montpellier, from 10:00 to 13:00,
  • avoid the A75 motorway, between Lodève and Millau, from 10:00 to 16:00,
  • avoid the A62 motorway, between Toulouse and Bordeaux, from 10:00 to 13:00,
  • avoid the A61 motorway, between Narbonne and Carcassonne, from 10:00 to 12:00,
  • avoid the Mont-Blanc tunnel towards France, from 10:00 to 17:00 (delays of longer than 30 minutes).

Sunday, August 28

Returning direction (towards major towns):

  • return to or cross the Ile-de-France before 12:00,
  • avoid the A1 motorway, between Senlis and Paris, from 18:00 to 20:00,
  • avoid the A11 motorway, between Le Mans and Paris, from 14:00 to 20:00,
  • avoid the A13 motorway, between Caen and Rouen, from 11:00 to 20:00,
  • avoid the A10 motorway, at the Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines tollgate, from 15:00 to 20:00 and between Bordeaux and Poitiers, from 10:00 to 20:00,
  • avoid the A7 motorway, between Marseille and Orange, from 10:00 to 19:00, between Orange and Lyon, from 08:00 to 20:00,
  • avoid the A8 motorway, between Italy and Fréjus, from 10:00 to 12:00, between Fréjus and Aix-en-Provence, from 10:00 to 20:00,
  • avoid the A71 motorway, between Bourges and Orléans, from 11:00 to 18:00,
  • avoid the A62 motorway, between Toulouse and Bordeaux, from 11:00 to 19:00,
  • avoid the A61 motorway, between Narbonne and Toulouse, from 11:00 to 20:00,
  • avoid the Mont-Blanc tunnel towards France, from 16:00 to 20:00 (delays of more than 30 minutes).

Monday August 29

Departing direction (away from major towns): 

  • avoid the A7 motorway, between Orange and Marseille, from 8:00 to 18:00,
  • avoid the A8 motorway, between Nice and Italy, from 08:00 to 12:00,

Returning direction (towards major towns):

  • return to or cross the Île-de-France before 14:00,
  • avoid the A63 motorway, between Spain and Bayonne, from 17:00 to 19:00,
  • avoid the A6 motorway, between Lyon and Beaune, from 11:00 to 16:00,
  • avoid the A7 motorway, between Marseille and Orange, from 09:00 to 19:00, between Orange and Lyon, from 9:00 to 17:00,
  • avoid the A8 motorway, between Italy and Nice, from 17:00 to 19:00, between Fréjus and Aix-en-Provence, from 8:00 to 12:00,
  • avoid the A61 motorway, between Narbonne and Carcassonne, from 10:00 to 12:00.

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