Alternating traffic established in Paris on Tuesday and 22 towns in the inner suburbs will be repeated on Wednesday due to the persistence of fine particle pollution and nitrogen dioxide, announced the municipality.
Wednesday, only vehicles with odd-numbered license plates will be allowed to circulate in the Paris region, those with even plates that could ride on Tuesday .
Christophe Najdovski, deputy mayor in charge of transport, announced on his Twitter account the renewal of alternating traffic map.
Circulation alternée reconduite demain à Paris. Pic de pollution sur plusieurs régions de France et d’Europehttps://t.co/RQhrDTEwOC
— Christophe Najdovski (@C_Najdovski) December 6, 2016
The Airparif watchdog has planned a high pollution index on Wednesday, stressing that other French cities and Europe (Lyon, London, Berlin) undergo local episodes due to cyclonic conditions.
— Airparif (@Airparif) December 6, 2016
In Paris, the pollution peak lasted over a week, the alert threshold has been exceeded for two consecutive days last week in Ile-de-France.
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) December 6, 2016
Setting up on Tuesday for the fourth time in two years, alternating traffic caused major jams in the Ile-de-France.
Disruptions in public transport
The situation was complicated by the total interruption of traffic Tuesday RER B. The trains Regional Express Network ceased to flow in both directions between the North Station and the Charles de Gaulle airport on the one hand, and the terminus Mitry-Claye other hand, said the SNCF. They are still circulating, however, between the Gare du Nord and Saint-Rémy / Robinson direction.
This interruption of traffic, which could not resume before the end of the day, is due to a “break in one of the overhead electric cables” which occurred shortly before 9 am, said SNCF on social networks.
To make matters worse, the traffic was disrupted on line A of the RER following various incidents, including signaling, which have resulted in significant delays.
Tolerance for some motorists?
Accordingly, the President of the Region Ile-de-France, Valérie Pécresse, claimed on Twitter a “tolerance for motorists Northern Ile-de-France” that would be in breach of the rules of alternating traffic.
Only vehicles whose number on the license plate was even and those with a derogation were able to move on Tuesday, but public transport was free.