Daily Brief 12 June 2013

Last update 17:15.

in brief: French air traffic control strike called off tomorrow – RAC/HERO Rally to rerun the original Epsom-Edinburgh-Epsom ‘1000 mile trial’ – Embassy advice to drivers heading for Le Mans – Help for Heroes at McLaren – Google buys Waze – UK 80mph motorway speed limit trials upcoming – Russian motoring dissident arrested

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TRAVEL/WEATHER:

Meteoalarm weather alerts – long running red flood warning west Czech Republic now downgraded but severe storms still expected in central Bulgaria and on the southern Greek mainland.

The flooding in central/east Europe continues. For the latest see @KGeorgievaEU. The UK FCO says flooding in Budapest has now stabilised but has now moved to the south of the country (see here). Meanwhile ten central Bulgarian regions have been placed on alert for hail and rain storms (see here).

Weather in brief – rain in the north, dry in the south.

No ferry/train Channel operators currently reporting any delays.

@CF_travel_news, Condor Ferries’ twitter feed reports: ‘A weather front is expected to pass through the Channel this evening and into the early part of Thursday morning. Services are currently expected to operate as scheduled, however they may be subject to weather related delays.’

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NOTES:

Turkey – protests in major towns and cities are on-going. The FCO advice is for ‘all British nationals to avoid demonstrations’. Click here for the latest.

France, Belgium – three day strikes by airport and rail workers are expected to lead to a ‘week of travel chaos’ though the third day in France, tomorrow, has reportedly now been called off. Expect the cross Channel trains and ferries to be busy. Read a roundup from thelocal.fr here.

Luxembourg – road closures in the capital from 18:00 – parking suspended from 14:00 – for the Tour de Luxembourg cycle trial.

Bosnia and Herzegovina – protests are also on-going in central Sarajevo, peaceful so far. Click here for latest advice.

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NEWS/PHOTOS:

New Le Mans Porsche

Porsche has completed the shake down test of its new LMP1 Prototype Le Mans car at it recently expanded Weissach testing facilities near Stuttgart. Cute.

Porsche has completed the shake down of its new 2014 LMP1 Prototype Le Mans car at its recently expanded Weissach testing facilities near Stuttgart. Cute.

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Driving in France – the British Consulate in Paris has issued advice to drivers heading for this years ‘Le Mans 24 hours’ race on 22-23 June, particularly about road safety and speeding offences: ‘Every year Consular staff have to assist families after serious and fatal road traffic accidents on the way to or from the race. And the French authorities also send us, every year, a large number of driving licences that have been confiscated after speeding offences. I’d urge everyone to leave speeding to the experts this year and to make sure that you get home safely and without any police involvement,’ says Ambassador Sir Peter Ricketts. Click for more.

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McLaren hosted wounded troops from the Help for Heroes charity at its Technology Centre in Woking yesterday in a bid to inspire more to get involved in motorsport. The visit was in association with Mission Motorsport, part funded by H4H. 'Motorsport is a natural fit with the Forces. It has the winning mentality we all crave, the physical demands and the engineering too,' one man told The Sun.

McLaren hosted wounded troops from the Help for Heroes charity at its Technology Centre in Woking yesterday in a bid to inspire more to get involved in motorsport. The visit was in association with Mission Motorsport, part funded by H4H. ‘Motorsport is a natural fit with the Forces. It has the winning mentality we all crave, the physical demands and the engineering too,’ one man told The Sun.

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UK – The Royal Automobile Club and HERO Rally are to re-run the historic ‘1000 Mile Trial’ in July 2014. First held in 1900 it was the first ever British endurance and reliability trial, on a route from Epsom to Edinburgh and back, and took 20 days compared to five days for the modern version. Pre-war and veteran cars are eligible to enter. Click for more.

An interview with transport minister Stephen Hammond in this week’s issue of Auto Express magazine out tomorrow reveals plans for a trial of an 80mph speed limit on motorways next year. He also has something to say about road tolls too apparently.

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Technology – Google has sealed the deal to buy crowd-sourced navigation app Waze.

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Russia – Motoring dissident Vadim Korovin has been arrested after apparently failing to give way to an official cortege in Moscow. Officials are infamously given priority in ‘Zil Lanes’ causing such traffic congestion that President Putin recently decided to fly rather than dive to work in the Kremlin. Korovin, of the Russian Federation of Car Owners, has also reportedly been charged with running over a police officer in the incident. He has denied all charges.

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