Paris rail chaos continues for third day

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© Lionel Bonaventure, AFP | Travellers arrive at Montparnasse train station in Paris on July 31, 2017, a day after traffic was interrupted due to technical reasons.

Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2017-08-01

Rail traffic continues to be disrupted at one of Paris’s main railway stations on Tuesday, straining holidaymakers’ patience. However, authorities say they have now finally identified the source of the problem.

France’s national rail provider SNCF says that three-quarters of its high-speed TGV trains to and from Paris’s Montparnasse station would, on average, run on Tuesday. Some trains usually scheduled to depart from Paris-Montparnasse will instead be re-routed to the city’s Paris-Austerlitz station further east, it said.

On Sunday, would-be passengers at the French capital’s Montparnasse station found all trains heading for popular holiday destinations such as Brittany and destinations in southwest France had been cancelled. Huge crowds of frustrated travellers were left without…

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