Daily Brief 30 July 2013

Last updated 19:00 BST.

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in brief:

Channel delays: Eurotunnel. P&O D-C.

Weather: Hot and sunny in the south, and north east.

Traffic: See @DE_Traffic from 09:00 BST.

News: Rolls-Royce pops up in Cannes – Gibraltar queues – Italy toll strike threat.

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Ukraine. Which ever way you cut it, police are making an effort to engage with foreign visitors. Fairly or not, Ukraine law enforcement has the reputation for targeting visiting drivers with the aim of lining the pockets with the fruits of under the counter transactions.

Kharkiv. Which ever way you cut it, police are making an effort to engage with foreigners. Fairly or not, Ukraine law enforcement has the reputation for targeting visitors, particularly drivers, but a press release from the force in the eastern city of Kharkiv shows they are at least aware of the issue, even without saying so directly. Officers have conducted surveys with tourists under the watchful eyes of local media. Perhaps not surprisingly the results show ‘there were almost no complaints’. Police say they will conduct a thorough analysis of the questionnaires to help ‘create a comfortable environment for foreigners to stay in the Kharkiv region’. That’s good enough for us.

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WEATHER.

Meteoalarm weather risk alerts – Red warning for forest fire south Norway. Bulgaria and Romania under amber warning for high temperatures; Serbia and Latvia for storms.

Weather – dry, hot and sunny across the south from Spain to Turkey and from Finland east. Heavy showers Norway, Denmark & Germany. Fine and dry in the north west, apart from UK. Some showers France.

TRAVEL.

P&O Dover-Calais: ‘Due to adverse weather conditions some of are sailings are subject to delays’.

Eurotunnel Freight UK terminal: ‘Due to high volume of traffic the journey from check-in to arrival in France will take approximately 2 hours.’

No operators currently reporting any delays.

See Traffic/Travel/Weather for more.

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NEWS.

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Italy – AGI News Agency says negotiations are underway to end this weekend’s strike at motorway filling stations. More when we have it. Click for our previous story.

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Gibraltar – despite an intervention from Foreign Secretary William Hague on Sunday, delays crossing into Gibraltar reached three hours today according to @JamesNeish, a local journalist. As far as we know there has been no official response yet from the Spanish government though the Spanish Foreign Minister reportedly told William Hague that enhanced border checks would continue ‘whenever necessary’. Drivers waited up to eight hours on Saturday as border guards apparently inspected every vehicle. It was the latest in a series of tit-for-tat incidents, often resulting in long border queues, over the disputed territory. For the latest see www.gbc.gi.

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Rolls-Royce has opened a pop-up dealership in Cannes for the summer season. Situated just behind the Croisette on Bvld du General Vautrin, cars will be available for test drive. Rolls-Royce has a permanent dealership on the Cote d'Azur, about an hour up the road in Monaco. Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.

Rolls-Royce has opened a pop-up dealership in Cannes for the summer season, just behind the Croisette on Bvld du General Vautrin. Image, Rolls-Royce Wraith courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.

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NOTE:

All operators are warning passengers to leave plenty of time for journeys to the port. With availability often limited at this time of the year, late passengers may have to want considerable time for space, and/or be liable for extra charges.

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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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