This is one of the busiest lines of the Paris metro. Between Friday 9h to 17h and Saturday morning, traffic was stopped on the line 1 of the metro, due to a technical problem. He returned to normal after more than twelve hours of interruption, announced the RATP.
“Traffic has resumed from 8:30, fast enough because the shuttles were positioned on the lines,” said a spokesman for the RATP, assuring that the traffic was back to normal this fully automated line.
To overcome the lack of trains, the transport authority had set up replacement bus on a part of the network between the Grande Arche de la Défense and Charles de Gaulle-Etoile. The day before, passengers had to be evacuated from trains stopped. When the fault occurred ten shuttle was blocked in tunnels between stations. All 41 trains involved in the resort or in tunnel had been evacuated “peacefully” with the help of a hundred RATP employees, according to the spokesman. The passenger evacuation was completed at 7:38 p.m.. “We can not know how many people” have been evacuated, in the absence of metering or measurement during the operation, said the spokesman.
An “exceptional” incident
The RATP has identified the problem and “we did all the tests to prevent it from being repeated,” said -t she added, referring to an incident “wholly exceptional”. RATP had said Friday night that “a disconnect between ground equipment and shuttles” was originally technical incident, crippling this fully automated metro line that runs through the tourist areas, from east to west from Paris. It serves especially the Lyon Station, the Louvre, the Royal Palace, the Marais district or business district of La Défense and is taken daily by 750,000 travelers.
Specifically, “this is a telecommunication problem” between “the shuttle and station centralized command” that remotely manages the oars of this automated metro, had they said.