Daily Brief 2 July 2013

Latest update 21:00


Eurotunnel – 30 mins waiting time on French terminal, from earlier incident now resolved.

Eurotunnel Freight – two hour delay from UK, earlier incident now resolved.

DFDS Dover-Calais – ‘the following Dover to Calais service is operating with a 90 minute delay due to operational reasons. Exit Port Calais: 18:00. Exit Port Dover: 19:15. All other Dover to Calais services are operating to time and schedule.’ Dover-Dunkirk is not affected.


News: Switzerland motorbike parking charges – Roadside ads ban Ukraine –


Random Romania: Craiova, May 2013. On the border with Hungary. Where the Romanian Revolution started in December 1989. More soon.

Random Romania: Craiova, May 2013. On the border with Hungary. Where the Romanian Revolution started in December 1989. More soon.



Meteoalarm weather alerts – Amber alert for high temperatures northern Montenegro. Amber alert for storms central Austria and south east Germany

Weather in brief – cloudy in the north and west, hot and sunny elsewhere.

Crossing the Channel – DFDS sailings Harwich-Esbjerg resume on 5 July (see notes below). Condor Ferries’ Rapide operating at reduced power on Thursday 4 July with some rescheduled departure and arrival times, see here.

No other operators reporting any current delays.

From @Port_of_Dover today: ‘Here in Dover sea conditions in the Channel are slight with West Sou Westerly light breeze, force 2 and the visibility is moderate.’

Latest @CF_travel_news forecast: ‘The current forecast indicates slight to moderate sea conditions during the week.’

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




Switzerland – Basel is leading the way by introducing parking charges for motorbikes says thelocal.ch. The northern border city will charge 0.5CHF (35p) per hour from the autumn with other cities expected to follow suit eventually.


Ukraine – roadside advertising looks set to be restricted after the cabinet approved a new bill last Wednesday. The report from Interfax news agency does not say why, though ads will be removed from footpaths, cycle lanes, bridges, overpasses – and potentially from all highways too – and known accident hotspots.



Bulgaria – continuing anti-govt demonstrations, day nineteen today. 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. We do not wish to be alarmist but a nationalist leader was photographed on Friday with what looked like a holstered gun (since denied) on his way into parliament; also quoted talking about ‘civil war’. The national ombudsman called for ‘level-headedness’ at the weekend.

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.

Turkey – despite some no-go areas on the Syrian border, general Foreign Office travel advice has been downgraded after the riots of recent weeks. Click for more.


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