London-Lisboa is go; Slovenia truck tolls; Greece/Bulgaria border dispute

Daily Brief 27 April 2013. Final update 18:15. See @DriveEurope for the latest, or Traffic/Travel/Weather

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Amber – severe – weather warning for thunderstorms northern Italy and now south east Germany, and high winds in western Austria.

Condor Ferries’ earlier technical hitch has recurred; Condor Vitesse is currently running 50 mins behind schedule. Click here for latest.

No other Channel operators currently reporting any problems.

Weather forecast: cloud and showers in the north and west, sunny in central Europe and the south east.

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Bulgaria/Greecelocal reports say a group of Bulgarian citizens staged a flash blockade at the Ilinden-Exochi border crossing this morning over alleged heavy handed tactics by Greek police. The protest could be repeated next Saturday if demands are not met.

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London-Lisboa is go. Historic rally kicks off at Greenwich.

photo: Twitter/ @HERO_CRA

photo: Twitter/ @HERO_CRA

The epic London-Lisboa historic rally kicked off this morning from Greenwich. Over fifty cars will take part in the 2386 mile competition which includes 37 tests. The cars include a 1930 Austin 7 Ulster, 1930 Riley Brooklands 9HP, 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS. The rally is open to cars built before 31.12.83.

The route through France, Spain and Portugal takes in St Malo-Poitiers-Pau-Burgos-Leon-Ourense-Vila Real-Caramulo-Lisbon. Organised by the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO) the event lasts until 5 May. Follow the action on Twitter @Hero_CRA, or click here.

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P&O – An intriguing special offer from P&O – a mystery discount of up to 50% when using the code SPHPUPMZL2. Book by 26 May for travel before 18 May.

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Cars – Interesting piece from Automotive News Europe suggesting the UK’s recession-defying growth in new car sales could be to do with the Payment Protection Insurance refunds.

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Family holidaysAOL Cars reports with some incredulity on the Hampshire family that drives to and from Turkey each year for their annual holidays. Dad is quoted saying, ‘I could get on a plane and be there in four hours, but what have I gained from that?’ Quite.

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Spain – Comprehensive round up of the charms of Cantabria in the Daily Telegraph. The northern Spanish coastal region, capital Santander, is apparently the world’s richest region in Late Stone Age archeaological sites. The writer also used Brittany Ferries’ www.CantabriaByCar.com website. Brittany Ferries sails to Santander (and nearby Bilbao) from Portsmouth and Plymouth. Currently advertising fares to Santander from £384 each way.

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Slovenia truck toll tender

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Slovenia is to have a second attempt at a nationwide electronic truck toll system. The tender closed yesterday with only one firm bidding, Austria’s Kapsch TrafficCom, according to reports. A previous tender was cancelled in the economic crisis. Trucks are currently subject to electronic (and cash) tolls in Slovenia but the scheme is not nationwide. Car drivers have to buy a vignette toll sticker to use the motorways and expressways. Prices start at €15 per week, click here for more details.

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