Autumn Weather Causes Chaos Across Europe

Every accident a rear-ender in Madrid on Monday as the first real autumn weather sees record traffic jams in Paris today, and a near-miss in the Netherlands.

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AUTUMN WEATHER SPARKS CHAOS ACROSS EUROPE

First full week of October evidently a hotspot for European traffic jams.

Peak traffic in Paris this morning, via @RFTrafic

Peak traffic in Paris this morning, via @RFTrafic

A new report questions whether the weather is responsible for the increasing number of road traffic accidents in the UK (and by implication in the rest of Europe too).

It certainly had a major role to play in the huge traffic jams plaguing Europe so far this week.

In Madrid yesterday, the first major rainfall of the season saw jams lasting five hours in total and tailbacks of 30km.

Tellingly every accident was a rear-end collision reports El Pais, a classic scenario when the first rain after a dry patch brings oils back to the surface, making the roads – evidently – dangerously slippery.

Meanwhile the Paris region saw record queues this morning as a rain storm washed across northern France.

Cumulative jams reached an incredible 483km at 09:03, according to traffic monitor Sytadin, a little under half of what the entire country can expect on one of its notorious summer Black Saturdays.

Interestingly, the previous record of 450km was set almost exactly a year ago, on 7 October 2014.

That was a Tuesday too suggesting that the second day of the first full week of October is when the Continent really gets back into the swing after the summer.

(The date for next year is 4 October, by the way.)

Meanwhile, over in the Netherlands this year’s jam record was under threat as rain, and fog, saw combined jams total 428km at 08:17 according to traffic service VID.

That’s not far off this year’s peak of 472km, set in February during a snow storm.

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To mark sixty years to the day since the iconic DS was launched, at the Paris motor show, Citroen is offering free rides around the city. On a first-come-first-served basis, from 10-18:00, fifteen DSs will treat the lucky few to a 30 minute tour of the city centre, picking up from the Trocadero fountain opposite the Eiffel Tower via the Champs Elysee and Grand Palais to DS World at 33 rue François 1er.

To mark sixty years to the day since the iconic DS was launched, at the Paris motor show, Citroen is offering free rides around the city. On a first-come-first-served basis, from 10-18:00, fifteen DSs will treat the lucky few to a 30 minute tour of the city centre, picking up from the Trocadero fountain opposite the Eiffel Tower via the Champs Elysee and Grand Palais to the nearby DS World at 33 rue François 1er.

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