Last updated 21:00
updated: LD Lines Dieppe-Newhaven says, ‘We regret to inform you that due to technical problems the departures from Dieppe and Newhaven are cancelled. The next crossing from Dieppe will be on Friday 3rd May 2013 at 18h00. The next crossing from Newhaven will be on Friday 3rd May 2013 at 23h00. All passengers reserved on this departure could be tranferred to our Calais-Dover route. For further information please call 0800 917 1201 ( free phone).’
No other Channel operators currently reporting any problems.
Amber severe weather warning for thunderstorms in Steiermark, south east Austria. Storms in southern Austria generally. Now moved into south east Germany, see Twitter feed, right.
European Weather: ‘Unsettled southern and Central Europe as winter transitions to spring’. Fine and dry in north.
This afternoon from Dover Port: ‘The ferry terminal is operating normally, sea conditions are moderate, with a ENE breeze, force 5 and the visibility is good.’
English Channel weekly weather from Condor Ferries: ‘The current forecast indicates slight sea conditions for this week.’
Happy May Day – May 1 is a public holiday across much of Europe. Many British Embassies and Consulates will be closed today, some for the rest of the week. Check local FCO Twitter feeds for out of hours service details.
Turkey – @UkinTurkey says, ‘Demonstrations occur throughout Turkey on 1 May. British Nationals should avoid all demonstrations.’ Particular fears over demonstrations in Taksim Square, trouble reported already. Heavy police presence. Click here for more.
Bulgaria – normal holiday congestion on the E79 south from Sofia towards the Greek border will be compounded by road works and Greek public sector strikes – update: Congestion has been reported but the Greek border is open.
Portsmouth – the A34 northbound will be closed between the junctions with the A303 & the A343, from 10pm – 6am between 29 April – 3 May (via @BrittanyFerries).
Italy/Switzerland – Lake Maggiore, concerns over water level. Continuing to increase albeit at reduced rate. More rain expected today and tonight before brightening tomorrow.
NEWS & PHOTOS:
London-Lisboa progress report
It’s day five of the London-Lisbon Rally, across north Spain from Burgos to Leon. ‘Sunshine first thing, then fog into snow and now rain!’ reports @HERO_CRA.
McLaren P1 in Arjeplog (watch the video)
New Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Former porn star Sasha Grey, now building a career as a serious actress, will drive a Lada Kalina in this year’s 5,600 mile Vladivostok-Moscow rally according to reports. Unfortunately reminiscent of singer and former Page 3 pinup Samantha Fox’s disastrous appearance at a music festival in Cacak, Serbia in 2007. Feisty Ms Fox wasn’t happy when it became clear she was expected to perform topless. To be fair, the Vladivostok-Moscow rally organisers didn’t demand anything unreasonable of Vladimir Putin when he headlined a few stages, also driving a Lada Kalina, two years ago.