Operation Escargot

Last updated 19:45 GMT.


Channel delays: Weather delays DFDS Newcastle-Amsterdam (Ijmuiden), check-in as normal. P&O Hull-Zeebrugge, cancellation today and tomorrow after tech issue at Hull Port. Click link for more.

Weather alerts: Red alert for thunderstorms southern Italy, amber alerts for ‘coastal event’ east Spain, snow Pyrenees, high winds northern Italy, low temps west Serbia and snow central Finland.

Weather: Cold north, unsettled around Mediterranean.

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France – countrywide go-slo ‘Operation Escargot’ truck protests.

Interactive map at www.otre.org of all protests today.

Interactive map at www.otre.org of all protests today.

FRANCE: More go-slow truck protests on major roads around France today, pushing for the cancellation of the Ecotaxe electronic truck toll system. Organised this time by the ORTE, Organisation des Transporteurs Routiers Européens. We understand light vehicles will be allowed to pass convoys but foreign HGVs will not. The action is scheduled to last until this evening. See www.orte.org or @_ORTE_ for more, or #ECOTAXE or #bonnetrouges.

roundup – France24 says severe traffic disruption was caused across the country particularly Paris, Bordeaux and Aix-en-Provence, confirmed that foreign HGVs were not allowed to pass, and that the protests would continue until Ecotaxe was cancelled entirely.

15:30 GMT – jams on inbound A1 Paris and outbound A12 northbound at Versailles. Also inbound A10 at Bordeaux.

13:30 GMT – @AFP reports mobile road blocks at or around Paris, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseille, Lyon and Lille. From Google Maps traffic however, the only hotspots currently look to be on the A1 and A6 in Paris, and the A10 and A630 ring road at Bordeaux.

11:00 GMT – roads affected in Paris, Clermont and Bordeaux as below, plus now A31 at Toul, west of Nancy.

09:10 GMT – A1, A4 and A6 around Paris very busy + A10 at Tours, A89 at Clermont Ferrand and A10 and A630 ring at Bordeaux.

08:25 GMT – no problems on the roads so far.



GEORGIA: the western part of Georgia’s east-west highway is to be completed thanks to a loan from the EU’s European Investment Bank. Stretching 183km between Batumi on the Black Sea coast and Zestafoni, with a 10km spur down to the extraordinary customs building on the Turkish border at Sarpi (above, by J Meyer H architects) the road should open in 2017.


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