Croatia/Hungary mway plans; new Brussels parking regs

Last updated 18:00

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Severe weather alert (amber) for ‘extreme high temperature’ (over 25°C) for northern Montenegro. Previous amber alert for heavy rain Valencia and Alicante, Spain, now downgraded.

Eurotunnel – returned to normal following earlier delays.

P&O – ‘Due to earlier technical problem the following slg has been delayed by approx 60 minutes.Calais to Dover 18h50.Checkin as normal.’

Dover Strait weather 09:00: ‘The ferry terminal is operating normally, sea conditions are slight, with a ENE breeze, force 3 and the visibility is poor.’

Condor Ferries reports, ‘The current forecast indicates slight sea conditions over the weekend.’

European Weather: Hot across Adriatic Region, turning cold across Spain.

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TransEuropaFerries – still absent an official announcement, but it is being widely reported that TransEuropaFerries has indeed gone into administration. The company ran a mainly freight route between Ramsgate and Ostend, Belgium. According to Kent Online the 25 staff employed at the Ramsgate office are not sure if they will be paid this month while the ship repossessed by P&O last week still has the crew onboard, refusing to leave until their wages are paid.

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Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition

Aston Martin has released new pictures of its Centenary special edition cars, built to commemorate the company’s 100 year anniversary. All models in the range get a Centenary makeover, like this Vanquish above, which includes a graduated two tone paint job, special leather interior and solid silver badges.

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Brussels will re-jig on-street parking regulations from 15 June 2013. Unusually, parking will get cheaper for residents and there’s a new temporary ticket (valid for up to 63 days each year).

Broadly, the entire Brussels City Region is divided into four types of parking zone – Yellow (very rare, completely free and unregulated), Green (metered parking), Blue (free for up to two hours with a blue disc card available from garages, supermarkets, etc) and Orange (metered parking maximum two hours).

Several streets will be re-zoned in June but it is not all bad news. Parking around Laeken in the north west, home to the Royal Palace and greenhouses and the Atomium, has been mostly designated as blue zone.

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Hungary and Croatia to co-operate on roads

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Croatia and Hungary have announced a new co-operation on the two pan-European corridors on their territory, both off-shoots of the east-west Corridor V (five). Branch B runs from Budapest via Zagreb to the Adriatic at Rijeka in the north. Branch C runs from Budapest to the Adriatic at Ploce via Bosnia and Herzegovina. Branch B is the shortest route from Budapest to the sea and is already motorway along its entire 315 mile length though new work will be needed as Rijeka Port undergoes significant expansion. Progress on Branch C meanwhile has been very slow, particularly on the Bosnia section. It will be interesting to see how Croatia and Hungary intend to speed the process up.

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A 5% tourist tax will be levied on Berlin hotel stays from July according to thelocal.de. Guests on business trips however will be exempt.

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