Last updated 18:30 BST.
Channel delays: Condor St Malo-Jersey.
Weather: a few showers around, warm and sunny in the south.
Traffic: See @DE_Traffic
News: FIA in global auto tax call. Playtime over in Gibraltar.
Meteoalarm weather risk alerts – Red alerts for high temperatures in Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and parts of Serbia.
Weather – dry and sunny across the south, scattered rain in the north.
Condor Ferries: tech fault means Condor Rapide approx. 45 mins behind schedule St Malo-Jersey-St Malo.
No other operators currently reporting any delays.
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Gibraltar – in an interview with Spanish daily ABC, Foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo says ‘playtime is over’. The Spanish government is considering a €50 levy for entering and leaving the territory, as well as other isolating measures. It’s hard to see how the two sides can step back from this. Read gbc.gi’s summation of the situation here.
update: According to Sky News, the Foreign office is ‘concerned’ by the comments and says, ‘We will not compromise our sovereignty over Gibraltar, nor our commitment to its people. We continue to use all necessary measures to safeguard British sovereignty.’
FIA in auto tax call.
Road safety – Jean Todt has called for a Global Fund for Road Safety financed by ‘an extremely small contribution’ on auto related purchases, from cars to tyres and satnavs. The FIA president, former Ferrari F1 chief throughout the team’s golden period with Michael Schumacher, was speaking in Argentina where road fatalities have recently been reduced by 20% and drink driving by 50%. Todt described road safety as ‘one of the world’s great emergencies’, a ‘scourge that each year claims almost 1.3m lives [annually]’.
Crossing the Channel – 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.
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.