French rail ticket havoc continuesafter computer crash

16th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 16 (AFP) - Ticket sales at French railway stations were disrupted for a second consecutive day Friday by a computer problem but passengers were able to get away on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

PARIS, July 16 (AFP) - Ticket sales at French railway stations were disrupted for a second  consecutive day Friday by a computer problem but passengers were able to get away on one of the busiest weekends of the year.  

"For reasons we still don't understand the system of exchanges between the central computer and station ticket offices overloads and freezes when 2,800 terminals are connected at the same time," a statement from the national rail network SNCF said.   

Sales from automatic machines, on the internet and in travel agencies were not affected. Passengers could also buy tickets on the train as railway staff had been warned of the problem.  

Every station in France was hit by the glitch which led "essentially to longer queues than normal at automatic machines," the SNCF said.  

This weekend is the first after the national day of July 14 and sees one of the major migrations of the year by holidaymakers with a million people taking to the railways. But the SNCF says trains are running normally and are not subject to any delay

© AFP

 

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