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Rail service connecting Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris suspended

© AFP archive | This photo taken late on March 8, 2016 shows a train from the RER B line at the Chatelet-Les Halles station in Paris.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-12-06

The main rail link between Charles de Gaulle airport and the city will be closed all day Tuesday after an overhead electrical line got caught in a train and was “ripped down for at least a kilometre”, according to rail authorities.

National rail operator SNCF said the line connecting the airport and Paris’s northern suburbs would be closed until at least 9pm (GMT+1).

“The overhead cables were completely knocked out at Aulnay-sous-Bois,” SNCF said.

Thousands of travellers use the RER B regional train line that connects the airport to the north of Paris, allowing people to get into and through the capital. The line, which cuts through the city from north to south, carries 900,000 people a day.

The break on the line comes on the day that Paris is enforcing a “half-traffic” day in Paris, in which only cars, scooters and motorbikes with licence plates with an even number are allowed to enter the city. The measures were imposed to counter a peak in air pollutants including fine particles from diesel exhausts and carbon monoxide.

One small mercy for commuters is that public transport is free across the city on Tuesday to support the "half-traffic" day.

Date created : 2016-12-06

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