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NEWS: Major Eurotunnel delays – New Sprinter Camper debut – First Tesla supercharger opens – France weekend traffic warning – Transcontinental tragedies.
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Channel delays: Condor – more disruption tomorrow.
Expect to pay around €140-150 (see @harlomo). Dunkirk is 30 miles northbound from Calais on the A16.
The other Dover-Calais operator, MyFerryLink phone lines have closed and online booking is not possible for same day fares. Maybe enquire at Calais booking office.
Weather alerts: Amber: heavy rain south east Spain coast.
Weather: dry and sunny except in the central Med., the north, and north east.
Traffic: see @DE_Traffic from 09:00, major delays on major routes.
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France – Bison Fute is warning of a busy weekend on the country’s roads though – apart from code red (second most serious warning) for the south west tomorrow – the worst they predict is code orange (one up from normal) for returning traffic, from today until Sunday. Thelocal.fr has all the details. The roads most likely to be affected in the south west are the A63 from the Spanish border to Bordeaux, and the A10 from there via Poitiers-Tours-Orleans to Paris.
Bulgaria/Serbia/Hungary – the sheer numbers of migrant workers returning from holidays in Turkey to western Europe is having unfortunate consequences for transcontinental roads. We reported earlier this week about a tragic accident involving Dutch and French registered vans on the road Nis-Belgrade, Serbia. More horrific details emerged yesterday. There’s been another terrible accident today on the M5 in Hungary with three dead and 33 injured, eighteen serious, six critical in a pile up ‘chain crash’.
Meanwhile, massive queues (some say 50km long) have been reported at the Kalotina border crossing between Bulgaria and Serbia. The wait at the Horgos border Serbia-Hungary is up to four hours. The authorities are warning the situation will get worse over the weekend. At the same time, people smugglers are taking advantage of the situation: 106 illegal immigrants were found in the past 24 hours at the Turkish-Bulgaria border, including 79 from Syria. It is worth noting however that the ‘vast majority’ of illegal immigrants into the EU come through airports says border agency FRONTEX.