Daily Brief 25 July 2013

Last updated 18:30 UK time.

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in brief:

Channel: P&O Dover-Calais-Dover delays.

Weather: lots of heavy showers. Hot and sunny in the south.

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Note: all the Dover ferry operators are warning customers to arrive in good time for their sailings as the port is very busy. There is also limited availability on many sailings.

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Austria. Europabrueke, Europe Bridge, on the A13 Brennerbahn, Brenner Motorway, between Innsbruck and the Italian border north of Bolzano, the busiest route through the Alps. Brennerbahn is one of the few motorways in Austria not covered by the vignette. The toll is €8.50 for a single trip by car, about 30 miles. Europabrueke, opened in 1964, used to be Europe’s highest bridge at 190m (620ft). Now looks puny beside the current record holder, the Millau Viaduct, on the A75 in southern France, at 270m (890ft). EB is now the sixth highest bridge in Europe and the 51st in the world though there’s absolutely no sense of that from the roadway because the barriers are so high. Photo: ASFINAG.

Austria. Europabrueke, Europe Bridge, on the A13 Brennerbahn, Brenner Motorway, between Innsbruck and the Italian border north of Bolzano. The busiest route through the Alps. Brennerbahn is one of the few motorways in Austria not covered by the vignette. The toll is €8.50 for a single trip by car, about 30 miles. If you only use A13 you don’t need to buy the vignette. Europabrueke, opened in 1964, used to be Europe’s highest bridge at 190m (620ft). Now looks puny beside the current record holder, the Millau Viaduct, on the A75 in southern France, at 270m (890ft). EB is now the sixth highest bridge in Europe and the 51st in the world though there’s absolutely no sense of that, fortunately, from the roadway because the barriers are so high. Photo: ASFINAG.

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TRAVEL/WEATHER:

Meteoalarm weather risk alerts – Red and amber alert for risk of forest fire south Norway and amber for western Slovenia. Amber alert for high temperatures north east Spain, south Switzerland, south east Austria Hungary and Montenegro.

Amber alert for thunderstorms down the west of Germany and large parts of France.

Weather – lots of heavy showers in north, west and central Europe and the Alps. Hot and sunny across the south apart from light showers in Italy.

Crossing the Channel: Eurotunnel Freight: French terminal delay 2 hours ‘due to high volume’. UK terminal, two hour delay due to earlier cancellation.

P&O Dover-Calais: ‘Our services are operating with delays of up to 45 minutes with the exception of our on time Dover-Calais 19h15 Pride of Burgundy.’

No other operators currently reporting any delays. See our Traffic/Travel/Weather page for more.

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TRAFFIC. Major delays from 15:15 UK time. Rush hour.

Paris: The A86 anticlockwise is very busy along much of its length in the south east suburbs of Paris, especially up to the junction with the A4, and the A6a, with consequent tailbacks on those roads.

Netherlands: A15 westbound into Gorinchem.

Belgium: A13 westbound into Antwerp, still very busy but improving.

Germany: A7 southbound into Hamburg, from J21, accident. A7 in and out of Hamburg is very busy, and the A1. A5 southbound at Karlsruhe, blackspot all week, and between there and Stuttgart (and Ulm) on the A8, very slow both directions.

west: A61 southbound towards junction with A4 west of Cologne, both slow but improving.

Italy: A4 at Milan, both directions, particularly eastbound towards Bergamo (improving).

Czech Republic: extensive road works, particularly in the central section, on D1 Prague-Brno, busy both directions (improving).

Switzerland: southbound queue at Gotthard Tunnel 3km, 30mins delay; northbound queue 5km, 50mins delay.

Austria: A9 northbound into Graz, 10 mile tailback.

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NOTE:

Bulgaria – anti-govt demonstrations becoming a permanent feature, stepping up a gear on 23 July with a blockade of parliament. 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.

Turkey – after some time without protests the situation is unpredictable again. See latest FCO travel advice.

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