“Don’t take a risk […] Stay at home,” urged the head of state on Wednesday evening, as storm Ciaran was preparing to hit a large part of France. Three departments have been placed on red alert for violent winds – Finistère, Manche and Côtes-d’Armor – until Thursday morning, 10 a.m. Thirty departments are also on orange alert, due to possible winds, floods, storms, rain-flooding and waves-submersion. Unsurprisingly, public transport traffic is severely disrupted in the areas concerned.
“Main line” trains leaving Paris and heading to the west of France will be severely disrupted by the weather conditions linked to the storm. The TGV INOUI and OUIGO will run normally between Paris and Rennes and Paris and Lille, but the trains will not serve intermediate stations located outside the high-speed lines.
Travel to Nantes and La Rochelle will not be insured. The line which connects Paris and Le Mans is currently interrupted, but the SNCF assures that a return to normal is envisaged, “from 2 p.m. if nothing prevents it”
However, no restrictions are planned on the journeys which connect Paris to Tours, Poitiers, Angoulême, Bordeaux and South Aquitaine.
The SNCF informs travelers that they will be systematically notified by email or SMS if their train with reservation “is deleted or modified”. The railway company nevertheless invites travelers to check the running of their train on the site http://sncf-voyageurs.com and, ideally, to anticipate or postpone trips.
Even more disrupted will be the circulation of regional express trains. TER circulation in Brittany, Normandy, Hauts-de-France, Pays de la Loire and Center Val de Loire, interrupted since Wednesday evening at 10:30 p.m., will not resume until Friday morning at 5 a.m. No TER will therefore run this Thursday, November 2 in these regions.
“Some traffic disruptions could remain during the day of Friday November 3, 2023,” warns the TER Normandie website.
In Île-de-France too, transport will be affected by storm Ciaran. The SNCF announced that it was planning “preventive stops of rail traffic” on Thursday morning on part of the RER A (SNCF Poissy – Cergy branch), several Transilien lines (L, J, U and N, on the Dreux and Mantes-la branch). -Jolie) and the T13 tram.
The SNCF announced that it was planning “preventive stops of rail traffic” on Thursday morning on part of the RER A, several Transilien lines (L, J, U and partially N) and the T13 tram.
Less disrupted than rail or road traffic, air traffic will nevertheless be affected by storm Ciaran.
In Paris, ADP warns that due to “weather conditions, and to guarantee flight safety, departure and arrival delays are expected on Thursday, November 2 at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly.” Real-time information will be given to passengers present in the terminals.
In Brittany, Brest airport, like Quimper airport, will be closed until 9:30 a.m. this Thursday.
In Rennes, several lines of the metropolitan transport network will be disrupted this Thursday:
In Brest, the urban transport service will gradually resume from this Thursday from 1:00 p.m.