Train accident at Carcassonne station: what travelers should know

Train accident at Carcassonne station: what travelers should know
Train accident at Carcassonne station: what travelers should know

On Wednesday November 23, a train derailed at Carcassonne station around 5 p.m. In Narbonne, this Thursday, November 24, rail traffic is interrupted forcing users to take the bus to reach their destination. No train runs in the Aude department.

No more trains run in Aude territory between Narbonne and Castelnaudary, or on the entire East West Aude network used by TER, TGV, Intercités and freight trains. Travelers on long-distance trains are advised to postpone their journey. TGVs are limited to Narbonne. Like the TER in Castelnaudary coming from Toulouse. Many travelers fall back on carpooling apps, long-distance bus companies. SNCF shuttles are in place between Castelnaudary and Narbonne. Travelers to get information on the net or on the app.

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Substitution buses were put in place by the SNCF five hours after the accident to allow travelers to get to their destinations. If it was a question of a resumption of rail traffic between Narbonne and Castelnaudary from yesterday, then from next Saturday, the internal investigation carried out by SNCF Réseau could not at this time determine a precise date. The first observations of the state of the track of the technical installations and the signaling – checks were taken on 7 km of track – ” show significant damage and long works “ indicates the SNCF.

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Tracks 2 and A at Carcassonne station are heavily damaged, planed by the 700 meter long convoy over nearly 400 meters, at the place where ballast and new tracks had just been laid. Access to the platforms remained prohibited on Thursday, and the territorial director SNCF Occitanie said to herself “fairly pessimistic” about a resumption of traffic. This Thursday at 6 p.m. we learned that traffic will not resume between Narbonne and Castelnaudary before the end of the weekend. “The prospects for the resumption of traffic in a degraded manner will be announced later, after completion of the diagnosis currently in progress and evacuation of the damaged train”.

In Carcassonne, the priority is to free the wrecked train, in particular with the help of a rail crane which was to arrive from Lyon during the night. The lifting work is scheduled for this Friday, November 25.

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The article is in French

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