Saturday is the first ‘black Saturday’ in France and perhaps also the busiest Saturday of the summer holiday on the roads to the south. According to the French traffic forecast service Bison-Futé, there could be up to 900 kilometers of traffic jam on French roads at its peak today. In combination with the predicted heat, this can become dangerous: the VAB warns drivers to take regular breaks and to bring enough water into the car.
At the moment there is already more than two hours of traffic jam towards the South of France. 20 minutes will be added on the A6 between Beaune and Lyon, 2 hours on the A7 between Lyon and Orange. On the route via Lille-Paris-Bordeaux-Spanish border, it is 2 hours and 5 minutes to queue on the A10 between Paris and Bordeaux. Another 5 minutes will be added between Bordeaux and the Spanish border.
There is also a lot of delay on the other routes. On the Paris-Narbonne via Limoges route it is 1 hour and 55 minutes, between Paris-Narbonne via Clermont-Ferrand it is 2 hours and 30 minutes. It is a 10-minute queue for the Fréjustunnel and an additional 5 minutes on the route between Orange and the Italian border. There is currently no delay for the Mont Blanc tunnel, and the A31 between Luxembourg and Nancy and the A9 between Orange and the Spanish border are also currently free of congestion.
In the reverse direction, there is no delay yet.
It is not only busy in France, heavy traffic is also expected in Austria and Switzerland. In Austria, 2 hours and 20 minutes will be added on the A10 between Salzburg and Villach, on the A11 at the Karawankentunnel towards Slovenia, drivers must allow for 1 hour and 40 minutes delay. For the Gotthard tunnel in Switzerland it is 1 hour and 10 minutes traffic jam.