Daily Brief 14 June 2013

Last update 18:25

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in brief: Floods latest – Danube 2 ‘New Europe Bridge’ is open! – McLaren P1 ride competition – DFDS £19 ticket sale – new UK road tolls call – Portuguese tolls roads trouble – Azerbaijan core network by 2015

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TRAVEL/WEATHER:

Meteoalarm weather alerts – no red or amber alerts for anywhere in Europe currently. Some patches of yellow warnings, mainly in Germany for high winds (now receding). With the ‘Sahara Heat Hammer’ due next week the horrible weather is shortly to be a distant memory.

To keep up to date with the aftermath of the floods, mainly now in Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria see @KGeorgievaEU. She tweeted at 16:00: ‘Latest update on Central Europe #floods. Situation improving but not over yet,’ and the picture below (click for full size):

Central European floods as at 16:00 Friday

Central European floods as at 16:00 Friday

Weather in brief – cloudy with patches of rain In Germany and east wards, otherwise sunny – even hot – in places. Best forecast for weeks.

Crossing the Channel – after yesterday’s bad weather, Condor Ferries reports: ‘The weather forecast for Friday is looking much better! Sailings are expected to operate as scheduled.’ However they have bad news for the weekend: ‘The current forecast indicates moderate to rough sea conditions over the weekend.’

According to Dover Port this afternoon: ‘Sea conditions in the Channel are slight with a South Westerly breeze, force 4 and the visibility is good.’

No operators reporting any current delays.. though Condor does warn about delays getting to Jersey port this evening because of a film premier:

condor

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NOTES:

Luxembourg – diversions will be in place all weekend from tonight 20:00 on the busy A3 from Croix de Gasperich to Aire de Berchem (the biggest services/booze/fags shop). Click for details.

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

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:

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Bulgaria/Romania – It’s taken 19 years, but the second bridge over the mega mile Danube border between the two south east Balkan countries officially opened this afternoon. We’re currently going to town on a feature, out soon, including why the Bulgarian President felt unable to attend at the last minute..

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DFDS – offering 20,000 tickets at £19 each way on its Dover-Dunkirk route for travel booked before 30 July and used before 31 July (selected sailings).

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Prize drive McLaren P1

Enter the Forza Motorsport competition to win a ride in the McLaren P1 at this year's Goodwood festival of Speed. Click the link above.

Enter the Forza Motorsport competition to win a ride in the McLaren P1 at this year’s Goodwood festival of Speed. Click the link above.

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Road tolls UK – Another day, another report calling for road tolls in the UK. This time from the radical Institute for Economic Affairs, Margaret Thatcher’s old favourite. The IEA says, ‘Customers, not governments, should determine the amounts and locations of road expansion.’ Read their report here, or tune your radio to seemingly any station this morning to hear what they have to say (14 shows so far and counting).

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Portugal – a report from The Portugal says charges from chasing motorists who fail to pay, and falling traffic levels, are increasing the pressure on road operators to near critical levels . Nearly 20% of cars do not pay while drivers diverting to secondary roads, nearly 50% in some cases, are increasing congestion.

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Poor Gwyneth Paltrow... the woman who seemingly has everything lacks the golden touch when it comes to charity auctions. Signing the armrest on a new Audi RS6 wiped £200 of its value according to motoring journalist Ben Oliver - @TheBenOliver.

Poor Gwyneth Paltrow… the woman who seemingly has everything lacks the golden touch when it comes to charity auctions. Signing the armrest on a new Audi RS6 wiped £200 of its value according to motoring journalist Ben Oliver – @TheBenOliver. Update 01.07.13 – turns out it sold for £120k at Elton John’s White Tie charity ball, up £43k on the list price.

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Germany – young women drivers not only cost insurance company Axa 25% less in accident repairs than their male counterparts but a survey for the company says women are most likely to cope better with dangerous situations. Read the full story here. This comes on top of a recent report which says men claim 80% of driving points.

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Azerbaijan – the core motorway network will be complete by 2015 according to a govt minister. The total road network is 5,000km, 1,500km of which is motorway (just under half of the UK for a third of the land area). Last year the country imported 100,000 cars.

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