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Rail traffic at Paris Gare du Nord resumes after power cut

© AFP archive | Passengers wait for information at Gare du Nord on October 18, 2016.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-12-07

Train services in and out of Paris’s busy Gare du Nord resumed on Wednesday afternoon having have been completely halted because of a massive power cut, French rail operator SNCF said.

French rail operator SNCF said that services had been halted completely at 1:20pm, but had started to resume after two hours’ paralysis.

FRANCE 24’s Pauline Goddard, who was at the station, said the SNCF had announced to passengers that high-speed TGV and intercity services would resume between 4pm and 5pm, but that passengers were advised to make new travel plans anyway.

Another passenger tweeted that the power had been restored and that services would resume at 4.30pm, but it would be many hours before things were back to normal.

The SNCF said that the power failure was linked to an overhead power line cable that was ripped out by a regional RER B train on Tuesday, which stopped all rail traffic linking Charles de Gaulle airport and the French capital.

All regional, national and international Eurostar and Thalys services operating from the busy station were affected.

The suspension of the RER B, which carries some 900,000 passengers a day from the northern suburbs to the south of Paris, has added to Paris’s transport woes.

Commuter misery has been compounded by high air pollution, which led city authorities to impose a 50% ban on vehicles in the city (odd-number number plates only on Tuesday, even numbers on Wednesday).

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2016-12-07

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