Threat of strikes, closed motorways, heavy traffic…: trouble ahead on the road to your holidays!

Threat of strikes, closed motorways, heavy traffic…: trouble ahead on the road to your holidays!
Threat of strikes, closed motorways, heavy traffic…: trouble ahead on the road to your holidays!

Then because the workers of Vinci, the main manager of French motorways, have filed a strike notice that runs from this Friday 4am to Sunday 10pm. The Autoroutes du Sud de la France (ASF) are affected. Bordeaux, Perpignan or Marseille could be more complicated destinations to reach. Just like Spain or Italy.

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However, the almost generalized automation of tolls should limit the impact of the strike. But in the event of a technical problem, the intervention could prove less rapid than usual. And the number of accessible lanes could in places be limited to the strict minimum, causing traffic jams upstream.

Through this strike, the unions intend to denounce the pressure exerted on workers. Which, according to the unions, would lead to their departure, generating problems of understaffing. The unions do not rule out repeating these operations during other weekends.

Finally, on the Swiss side, part of the A13 transalpine motorway will remain closed for an indefinite period due to the bad weather that has severely affected the Swiss motorway, south of the San Bernardino tunnel. This closure will de facto cause traffic to be diverted to other Swiss motorways as well as to the Gotthard tunnel, the main access route to Italy. It is therefore advisable to avoid these motorways as much as possible.

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According to estimates by the Swiss authorities, one lane in each direction could be opened to passenger cars and heavy goods vehicles again from 10 July 2024. However, no reliable information on the date of completion of the motorway repair work has been provided at this time.

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