Daily Brief 26 June 2013

Latest update 19:25

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Red alert rain and flood warnings for Czech Republic now much reduced in area – DFDS Harwich-Esbjerg resumes 5 July.

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Newslines: Five of the best Tour de France mountain roads – New road Finland-Russia – new roads for Ukraine – paying Portuguese road tolls – Rolls-Royce Alpine Rally on the Croatian Riviera – EV Land Speed Record.

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‘Wow. That was something. We just got it done as the light was fading.,’ said Lord Drayson (@LordDrayson) after setting the World Land Speed Record for a ‘lightweight electric car’ (under 1000kg) at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire yesterday. His Lola B12 69/EV hit 204.185mph, beating the previous record of 175mph set in 1974. Also present at the event as Google chairman Eric Schmidt. According to F1 journalist @JoeSaward the outright record for an electric vehicle is 307.666mph set in 2009 by the Buckeye Bullet of which an updated version is under development at the moment. Drayson is at Elvington again today to attempt the record for EV acceleration.

‘Wow. That was something. We just got it done as the light was fading.,’ said Lord Drayson (@LordDrayson) after setting the World Land Speed Record for a ‘lightweight electric car’ (under 1000kg) at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire yesterday. His Lola B12 69/EV hit 204.185mph, beating the previous record of 175mph set in 1974. Also present at the event as Google chairman Eric Schmidt. According to F1 journalist @JoeSaward the outright record for an electric vehicle is 307.666mph set in 2009 by the Buckeye Bullet of which an updated version is under development at the moment. Drayson is at Elvington again today to attempt the record for EV acceleration.

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TRAVEL/WEATHER:

Meteoalarm weather alerts – Red alert rain and flood warnings for Czech Republic now lessening. Amber alerts for: storms central Italy; rain Austria; rain in east Germany and high winds and rain north west Poland.

Weather in brief – fine across southern Europe but rain to the north. UK, Belgium, Holland and France dry and sunny. Heavy rain over Alps, Austria and northern Italy.

Crossing the Channel – DFDS sailings Harwich-Esbjerg resume on 5 July with sailing from Esbjerg (see notes below). DFDS Newcastle-Amsterdam (Ijmuiden) sailing Thursday 27 June arrival delayed by one hour.

No other operators currently reporting any delays.

From @Port_of_Dover this afternoon: ‘Here in Dover sea conditions in the Channel are slight with South Westerly light airs, and the visibility is good.’

Latest @CF_travel_news forecast: ‘Current forecast indicates slight sea conditions for the week.’

See our Traffic/Travel/Weather page for the latest.

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NOTES:

Portugal – a General Strike has been called for Thursday (27 June). The amount of disruption will not be known until the walkout starts at 00:00 but most public services are likely to be disrupted.

Eurotunnel – “Resurfacing works will be taking place in the boarding lanes of the UK Terminal from 17 – 28 June. During this period, there will be no catering or toilet facilities available in this area. Please visit the Victor Hugo Terminal building after you have checked in to make full use of the facilities available there.”

Brussels – a European Summit for Heads of State on Thursday and Friday (27 and 28 June) will mean the area around the EU buildings in the east of the city will be completely closed to all traffic and pedestrians. Residents are even being barred from putting out their rubbish. Click for more.

Bulgaria – continuing political demonstrations. The British Embassy says, ‘There is a small risk of violence. Avoid large gatherings in public spaces and follow local media and the advice of the local authorities.’ For the latest FCO travel advice click here. For Bulgarian news in English see www.Novinite.com or @novinite_com on Twitter.

DFDS Harwich-Esbjerg – sailings resume on Friday 5 July from Esbjerg at 18:45 and the day after from Harwich at 17:45. The DFDS service is the only regular car/passenger sailing between UK-Scandinavia. Limited space is sometimes available on DFDS Tor Line boats between Immingham/Tilbury-Gothenburg.

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NEWSLOG/PHOTOS:

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Rolls-Royce Alpine Rally 2013: Croatia. Click for the official blog.

A mechanic takes the opportunity to fettle a car on a rest day in Opatija, Croatia.

A mechanic takes the opportunity to fettle a car on a rest day in Opatija, Croatia.

In the last couple of days, the Roll-Royce Alpine Rally has taken in Italy and Slovenia after leaving Klagenfurt in Austria. Participants crossed into Croatia on its Statehood day to be greeted by the British Ambassador in Opatija on the Adriatic coast, and a rest day. Our preview of this event is riddled with mistakes… but it’s even better than we, er, imagined. The tour is entering its final few days now, cross country back to Vienna.

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France The Guardian has done the donkey work on the five best mountain stages of the upcoming Tour de France, all in the South of France. Of course there’s nothing to stop cars using the roads after the race finishes on Sunday 21 July… Click the links for the map. From west to east: near Lourdes, Col d’Aubisque from Argeles-Gazost, and Col du Tourmalet from Ste-Marie-de-Campan; near Avignon, Le Mont Ventoux from Bedoin; and, both east of Grenoble, L’Alpe D’Huez on the D1091 from Le Bourg d’Oisans, and Col du Galibier from Valloire. Click for an overview map or for the original article.

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Ukraine – ‘Restoration and construction of regional roads is one of the main tasks of the government in 2014,’ President Yanukovych told a meeting of regional heads today. At the same time, Interfax reports that the orbital road in capital Kiev is to be resurfaced. Read this from In Your Pocket about driving in Kiev.

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Finland/Russia – a new four lane, €4.6bn, 426km highway between east Finland and the Karelia region of north west Russia has been proposed by a private investor Northwest Corridor Development. An agreement was signed with the regional authority at the St Petersburg Economic Forum last Thursday (see press release and local press report). The project, set to last up to ten years, could start 2013-14, and includes a new border crossing at Syuvyaro-Parikkala. There are currently eight crossing points between Finland and Russia, three in the Republic of Karelia, the region between the White and Baltic Seas, sharing a 723km border with Finland. The road will stretch from Parikkala, over the top of Lake Ladoga, to the Karelian capital, Petrozavodsk, on the M18 St Petersburg-Murmansk road.

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Kazakhstan/Russia – a number of new border crossing points with Russia have been approved by the Kazak parliament. Get the full list here.

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Portugal – a handy article from The Portugal News on how to pay the (barrierless) electronic motorway tolls.

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