10 September 2013

Last updated 22:00 BST.

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NEWS: French Day of Industrial action – Drive Europe for free – FormulaE unveiled.

Channel delays: DFDS Dover-Calais up to 3hrs delay due to industrial action (see below). Also, DFDS Amsterdam-Newcastle departing 19:00 arriving 13:00 tomorrow.

Weather alerts: Amber alert for heavy rain north east Spain and heavy rain/storms north east Italy.

Weather: n/a.

Traffic: see @DE_Traffic from 09:00 BST.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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French Day of Industrial Action October 2010: services still ran with minimal disruption.

Don’t panic. Strikes in France, October 2010. Services still ran albeit with some disruption.

France Industrial Action.

The National Day of Action in France is expected to have limited impact on travel services. The (massive) CGT union is striking over pension reforms. Some flights were delayed overnight. So far only Calais seems to be affected, none of the other ferry operators are warning of delays. Eurotunnel is expected to operate as normal. Disruption is expected last until 07:00 BST tomorrow.

20:30 – @MyFerryLink, ‘We are currently experiencing delays at Dover due to Industrial Action in France.’ Like all the other operators it says to check in as normal.

17:50 – DFDS Dover-Calais operating up to three hours behind schedule. No reports of specific delays from other operators though P&O Dover-Calais has consistently warned passengers to be prepared for disruption.

15:15 – The MyFerryLink 13:15 was delayed by 1h40, an increasing delay but there’s no sign of that being repeated with other operators at the moment.

12:00 – no cancelled services but P&O Freight and MyFerryLink sailings to Calais are delayed by 40mins+ due to berthing restrictions.

10:00 – @BrittanyFerries tweets to say its services are running as normal. @MyFerryLink says its 08:30 Dover-Calais service actually left one hour late due to the strike.

08:00 – DFDS says no delays to Dunkirk but apparently ‘slight’ delays to Calais. The MyFerryLink 08:30 Dover-Calais is delayed by 45mins.

07:00 – P&O has cancelled its 08:40 Calais-Dover sailing but says all other services are operating to schedule. MyFerryLink 07:00 Dover-Calais delayed by 40mins.

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Drive Europe for free. By the end of 2014, 100% of people living in Germany, the Low Countries, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark, and 90% of those living in England, Wales and Sweden, will live within 320km of a Tesla supercharger, i.e. an electric power point that half-charges the Model S in 20 minutes, for free. According to the map at www.teslamotors.com/supercharger that puts London within reach of Rome, Berlin, Lisbon and the Arctic Circle. Tesla says its superchargers will always be free for Model S owners to use though filling up from a domestic circuit costs just £4.50 according to Autocar, enough for 260 miles. The maths just stack up and up and up.

Drive Europe for free, forever. By the end of 2014, 100% of people living in Germany, the Low Countries, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark – and 90% of those living in England, Wales and Sweden – will live within 320km of a Tesla supercharger, i.e. an electric power point that half-charges the Model S in 20 minutes, for free. According to the map at http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger that puts London within reach of Rome, Berlin, Lisbon and the Arctic Circle. For free. Tesla says its superchargers will always be free for Model S owners to use, though filling up from a domestic circuit costs just £4.50 according to Autocar, enough for 260 miles. The maths just stack up and up and up.

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The tech is interesting – power from the McLaren P1’s electric motor, batteries by Williams – but with the equivalent of just 270bhp (180bhp in the race) in an 800kg chassis, and a generic single-seat racer look, we can’t see too many top flight racing drivers getting too excited about FormulaE, never mind the punters. Perhaps whooshing through the streets of the world’s major capitals will swing the deal. There’s still a year to go before the first race.

The tech is interesting – power from the McLaren P1’s electric motor, batteries by Williams – but with the equivalent of just 270bhp (180bhp in the race) in an 800kg chassis, and a generic single-seat racer look, we can’t see too many top flight racing drivers getting excited about the FormulaE car, unveiled today, never mind the punters. Perhaps whooshing through the streets of the world’s major capitals will swing the deal. There’s still a year to go before the first race.

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