Greece roads restart – Invincible

Last updated 18:45 GMT.

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Channel delays: Eurotunnel freight UK: 30mins pre-check in. DFDS Dover-Calais, 60mins, port movements.

Bad weather affecting some services from tomorrow: Condor Ferries fast ferry Weymouth-Channel Islands cancelled tomorrow. Extra service Thursday. Brittany Ferries Santander-Portsmouth tomorrow by one hour, now departing one hour earlier at 16:30 local time. LD Lines St Nazaire-Gijon cancelled today and tomorrow, resumes Friday.

Weather alerts: Amber alert for fog Montenegro, yellow for fog south Germany, north east Spain and north Italy.

Weather: Dry, sunny South, rain in the North.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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ROADS RESTART GETS GREEK ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK, PART TWO.

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Eight months ago work restarted on Greece’s motorway network after projects were pulled during the financial crisis.

Now a second wave has been approved with a further six thousand jobs created during construction and another 1,700 jobs in operations once the roads are up and running.

Yesterday the European Commission gave the go-ahead to release €776m from EU and national funds.

The Aegean Highway (green) between Athens and Thessaloniki will have a vital gap plugged while the Kentriki Highway (turquoise) between east and west Greece will have a significant central section built.

Most important, the Olympia Highway between major port Patras and Corinith (yellow) will finally be built to connect to the existing motorway to Athens. Patras will also link to another big port at Igoumenitsa via Ionannina on the Ionian Highway.

All the roads should be completed by the end of 2015. Part of the deal included restructuring agreements with the road operators, including raising tolls by up to 60%.

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also in the news – it’s being widely reported this afternoon that former Transport minister Michalis Liapis has been arrested after allegedly driving a car with false number plates – a common method of escaping road taxes  – and without a valid licence or insurance. Update: the case caused quite a stir all week, keeping the cartoonists busy, especially after Liapis flew to Malaysia on Thursday instead of attending court. Meanwhile, a former Golden Dawn parliamentary candidate was also caught driving his ‘luxury SUV’ with fake licence plates on Friday. Postscript: Liapis was given a four year suspended jail term at a hearing on 30 December with the option to clear the sentence by paying a €73,000 fine on top of the €3,000 already levied.

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Driver of the day: pic from the Head Gamekeeper on Glenstriven Estate in Argyll of their clearly aptly named Toyota Hilux Invincible, via @ToyotaGB.

Driver of the day: pic from the Head Gamekeeper on Glenstriven Estate in Argyll of their clearly aptly named Toyota Hilux Invincible, via @ToyotaGB.

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