Daily Brief 7 August 2013

Last updated 19:15 BST.

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in brief:

Channel delays: P&O Calais-Dover.

Weather: thunder/rain north/central; sun south.

Traffic: See @DE_Traffic.

News: Italy anti-rail nail mway protest – driver charged Norway tunnel fire – Denmark bridge drama.

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Driving on the right.

Driving on the Right. Occasionally you can

Driving on the Right. Not the UK Department for Transport nor the European Commission, when we asked, keep statistics about the number of British drivers involved in accidents because they were confused about which side of the road to drive on. We take that as a good sign, i.e. it doesn’t happen very often. The best advice we know is that the driver should always keep themselves in the gutter. Also, that the time to be extra careful is after having stopped for a short time: for fuel, or lunch, for instance. All that said, there are times when one is extremely grateful to driving on the other side of the road, like here on the Port de Larrau border crossing between France and Spain in the western Pyrenees.

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WEATHER.

Meteoalarm weather risk alerts – Red alerts for high temperatures in Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia and Poland. Amber warnings for high temps in surrounding countries.

Also, amber warning for thunderstorms in south east France and Switzerland.

Weather – fair and warm around the Med. but thunder and rain in north, north west and central Europe.

TRAVEL.

P&O Dover-Calais, via twitter: ‘All services are running to schedule apart from Calais – Dover 20h35 with a delay of up to 40 minutes. Please check in as normal.’

Eurotunnel UK terminal: ‘due to a technical fault. There is a waiting time of approximately 30 minutes on the terminal.’

P&O Hull-Zeebrugge, via @POferriesupdate: ‘ Due to tidal restrictions our Hull-Zeebrugge sailing this evening will be departing earlier, therefore the latest ch…’ Message unfinished. From 0845 832 8888 says latest check-in is 17:00.

No other operators currently reporting any delays.

See Traffic/Travel/Weather for more.

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NEWS.

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Carabinieri riot police at a previous #NoTav demonstration on July 27. Photo via @NoTav_info

Carabinieri riot police at a previous #NoTav demonstration on July 27. Photo via @NoTav_info

Italy – protestors against a new high speed rail line between Turin and Lyon scattered nails on the A32 motorway last night. Four drivers suffered punctures. A32 runs 45 miles between Turin and the Frejus Tunnel on the French border along the scenic Bardonecchia Valley. The road was blocked and nails thrown at Chianocco near Susa. Protests over the new railway have been on going for some years and regularly involved clashes with police and impromptu road blocks. Some NoTav supporters have been charged with terrorism fences. It is still not clear why protestors against new railways would sabotage roads though one wag using the #NoTav hashtag wrote ‘power is logistical, let’s block everything!’

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Norway – a truck driver has been charged over the Gudvanga Tunnel fire on Monday. A Polish man in his early 30s is suspected of failing to ensure his vehicle was in a safe condition. Witnesses apparently saw him refilling the engine with coolant before he drove through the tunnel on the E16 between Oslo and Bergen. Four people remain in hospital in a serious though not life threatening condition. A highly critical inspectors report from May has now been made public. The latest from www.vegvesen.no say the tunnel is likely to re-open next week. Diversions are in place.

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Denmark. The Storebaelt Bridge - the Great Belt bridge - was closed for over three hours this morning eastbound after a lorry burst a tyre and crashed into the central reservation, blocking one lane westbound too. The incident was further complicated after the tanker was holed and diesel leaked onto the carriageway. The 7km long Storebaelt, which costs 235dkk (£27) to cross, was closed last week too for a time after a lorry fire. It's been a week of roads drama in Denmark. An inventor who rigged copper pipes to the bottom of his car in a bid to harvest electricity saw central Copenhagen sealed off yesterday after he left it in a car park beneath government buildings. He has since apologised profusely but declined to say how his device supposedly works.

Denmark. The Storebaelt Bridge – the Great Belt bridge – was closed for over three hours this morning eastbound after a lorry burst a tyre and crashed into the central reservation. It blocked one lane westbound too. Tailbacks reached 12 miles. The incident was further complicated because the tanker holed and diesel leaked onto the carriageway. The 7km long Storebaelt – which connects Funen and Zealand islands – costs 235dkk (£27) to cross. It was closed last week too for some hours after a lorry fire. It’s been a week of roads drama in Denmark. An inventor who rigged copper pipes to the bottom of his car in a bid to harvest electricity saw central Copenhagen sealed off yesterday morning after he left it in a car park underneath government buildings. He has since apologised profusely but declined to say how his device works.

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NOTE:

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.

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