Thousands trapped on French trains after electrical hassle

Paris, August 31

Thousands of passengers have been trapped in a single day on high-speed TGV trains halted by electrical issues in south-western France, some pleading for water, meals or recent air.

Frustrated travellers raised consideration to their plight on social networks, posting photographs of youngsters sleeping on flooring and describing the problem of staying masked for as a lot as 20 hours straight.

Several individuals have been evacuated for medical causes, broadcaster France-Info reported.

National rail authority SNCF on Monday apologised for “a series of electrical supply incidents” that began Sunday afternoon and halted site visitors in south-western France and disrupted journey from there to Paris.

Four high-speed trains, connecting Bordeaux with different cities within the area, have been caught on tracks into the night time, with knock-on results on different routes, SNCF mentioned.

Passengers have been taken again to their departure factors in a single day and Monday morning, then placed on buses and different trains to ultimately attain their locations.

The issues got here as tens of millions of French individuals ready to return to work and college this week — many returned Sunday by practice from August holidays.

Traffic isn’t anticipated to return to regular till Tuesday morning, SNCF mentioned. It introduced an inner investigation into what occurred.

SNCF will reimburse all passengers 3 times the price of their tickets and distributed masks, water and meals, the junior minister for transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, mentioned on BFM tv.

He mentioned 60 kilometres of monitor suffered harm to high-power overhead cables. AP

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