Gib G1 goes Green – France cut fatalities – Troyan snow – Winter tyres Finland.

Last updated 18:30 BST.

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NEWS: Gib G1 goes Green – France cut fatalities – Troyan snow – Winter tyres Finland – new Silk Road site.

Channel delays: Condor Ferries’ revised schedule Poole-Channel Islands-Poole.

Weather alerts: No red or amber alerts currently.

Weather: Windy but settled Western Europe. Heavy snow Finland. Dry across the Mediterranean.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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FRANCE. The declining rate of cutting fatal road accidents – from 30% down in May to just 3.3% in August – was reversed in September when deaths fell by 9.6%. Injuries and hospitalisations were also in negative territory, in contrast to the previous month. However, because August is traditionally ‘busy’ for road accidents the percentage cut in fatalities so far this year has actually now fallen, from -13.3% in August to -12.8% overall now. The winter months will be extra tense in this respect though the police has another trick up its sleeve: a new generation of unmarked radar cars which also now work on main roads. More on this on Monday.

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Range Rover Hybrid prototypes on final test on Silk Roads in Kyrgyzstan earlier this month.

Range Rover Hybrid prototypes on final test on Silk Roads in Kyrgyzstan earlier this month.

SILK ROAD – World Heritage organisation UNESCO has officially launched a microsite dedicated to the ancient Silk Road – history, research, photos, maps, etc. A two day conference was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan this week to celebrate. The site will also act as a locus for on-going attempts to reopen the routes, for tourism and trade.

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The first Tesla Model S in southern Europe belongs to the Gibraltar government.. Imported directly from California

The first Tesla Model S in southern Europe belongs to the Gibraltar government.. Imported directly from California it’s leased for just £300 per month. The previous Jaguar official car is still in the government fleet but has had to surrender its famous G1 number plate. Pic via @GBCNews.

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FINLAND. Police warned motorists a few weeks ago it was time to consider winter tyres but now, after heavy snow fall – particularly in the east of the country – and a spate of, thankfully not serious, accidents, a spokesman tells Yle Uutiset, ‘If you can’t change your tyres yet, it’s better to stay out of traffic.’

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BULGARIA. The Troyan Pass – aka Beklemeto Pass – has fallen victim to early snow though so far it’s only vehicles over 3.5t banned. Originally the Roman road Via Trayana – the ruins of which still dot the roadside – Troyan crosses the Stara Planina Balkan Mountains in the centre of Bulgaria – between Troyan and Karnare – topping out at just under 5,000ft.

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TOURING. Just came across Alan Rogers’ Destinations website, a guide to campsites across Europe – even as far as Estonia, Romania and Poland. The sites have all been checked out and are grouped according to theme – glamping, dog-friendly, etc. Just what we’ve been looking for.

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