Last updated 20:00 GMT.
CHANNEL DELAYS: Port of Dover now shut until 06:00 Thursday 26 December though Eurotunnel services continue throughout.
Eurotunnel freight: UK 2h30 transit time.
WEATHER ALERTS: Red alert for high winds eastern Germany and snow/ice/high winds central+east Switzerland.
Amber alert high winds France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republic.
Traffic all around Paris is very heavy, with several accidents in the east (now improved but still very busy in the north). There’s also an accident on the A1 at Lille, direction Paris/southbound, with 60min+ delays currently. Also, snow in central/east Switzerland has been affecting roads, particularly the A13 Bellinzona-Chur.
See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.
Fewer modifications than you might expect are needed to turn a regular LWB Land Rover Defender into a vehicle capable of tackling some of the world’s harshest – and coldest – terrain. For the ‘Pole of Cold’ expedition to eastern Russia the Land Rover factory in Solihull fitted a roof rack, a second spare wheel and ‘long-range’ fuel tank, a winch at the front – with shovels attached to the bonnet – additional front and rear safety lights, extra interior insulation and fitted kit boxes in the rear. The engine has specially blended oils and cold temperature fluids alongside a Webasto heater that will warm the engine before attempting start-up in extreme icy temperatures. The team is currently in Perm, south west Russia, about 2,500 miles as the crow flies from London though they’ve covered over twice that on a circuitous route around northern Scandinavia. It’s about another 2,000 miles direct to their destination, the ‘Pole of Cold’, the coldest inhabited place in the northern hemisphere. Follow them at www.poleofcold.com