Bison futé anticipates “slowdowns” for Friday and this holiday weekend

For this spring break weekend common to the three school zones, traffic will be denser than normal, particularly in the Mediterranean arc, Ile-de-France and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.


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Vehicles are stuck on Autobahn 7 heading south in Hamburg, Germany, April 19, 2024. (BODO MARKS / DPA / AFP)

From Friday April 19, “almost all of the country’s major connecting axes” are affected by “family travel”, announces Smart Bison. For this spring break weekend common to the three zones, traffic will be denser than normal, but Bison futé is not going so far as to see red, in its forecast bulletin (PDF).

The Mediterranean arc is still classified in orange in the direction of returns from Friday evening. The A7, between Marseille and Orange, and the A8, between Italy and Le Luc, will be particularly saturated. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., two other axes will have to be bypassed: the A54 between Arles and Nîmes, and the A57 between Le Luc and Toulon.

On Saturday, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Ile-de-France regions will not escape the “orange” classification. In detail, Bison futé advises avoiding the A7 motorway “between Lyon and Orange, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.”. If you absolutely have to reach or cross Ile-de-France, try to schedule it “before 2 p.m.”.

Finally, on Sunday, the lights will be green at the national level, except in Ile-de-France, “in the direction of returns”. Traffic on the A10, A6 and A16 axes is likely to be heavy after 2 p.m.

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