Condor strike – Ankara Gates

Last updated 18:00 GMT.

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CHANNEL DELAYS: 1h30 P&O Dover-Calais, earlier 2h00 delay MFL.

Eurotunnel Freight: 30min pre-checkin + 2h00 from France.

Phone/click to check: Brittany Ferries Plymouth-Santander and Plymouth-Roscoff cancelled tomorrow+Saturday. LDLines Poole/Santander/St Nazaire/Gijon disrupted until Saturday.

LDLines Newhaven-Dieppe 23:00 delayed. Le Havre-Portsmouth cancelled due to strike, as are Condor services to and from St Malo, today and tomorrow (see below).

WEATHER ALERTRED alert for flooding Finistere, west France and coastal storm north west Spain.

Amber alerts: Switzerland (high winds), Norway (forest fire, wind), w.France (high winds), Portugal (high winds, coast) + now Slovenia (avalanche), Serbia (snow).

WEATHER: Heavy rain and gales South West. Wet and windy North West. Dry Italy.

MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS: A2 inbound Barcelona, accident, queue J557-550 delay 1h25. A2 outbound Amsterdam, accident, queue from A9 to J5 delay 60mins. A50/A59 eastbound to Nijmegen, accident, delay A50 55mins, J16-17, A59 25mins from J52.

ROADS: Snow A28 motorway Switzerland. See Austria local road closures here.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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Condor Ferries statement about ‘unannounced’ strike by staff in St Malo:

“I sincerely apologise to our guests who have been inconvenienced by this unannounced industrial action,” said James Fulford, CEO of Condor Ferries. “We are surprised and disappointed that our colleagues in France have chosen to express themselves in this way without notice, particularly as we are in very constructive discussions with them about their work and benefits.

“Condor Ferries is a caring and fair employer and we treat all our employees well, and we place the highest priority on the health and safety of our workforce. We will work with our colleagues in France to resolve this dispute as swiftly as possible in order to resume our services between the Channel Islands and France.”

LDLines services from Dieppe and Le Havre have also been hit by strikes this week.

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Ankara Gates: five huge gates are in the process of being over the five highway entrances to Turkey’s capital. All different, inspired by the Ottoman style, all with a Welcome sign and clock tower at the top, stone and marble clad, the 25m high gates are named after the places where the roads start/finish: Eskisehir, Konya, Istanbu, Samsun and Esenboga (airport). Building is on-going and could be complete within the next two months. Ankara mayor Melih Gokcek celebrates twenty years in power in 2014.

Ankara Gates: five huge gates are in the process of being built over the five highways into Turkey’s capital. All different, inspired by the Ottoman style, all with a Welcome sign and clock tower at the top, stone and marble clad, the 25m high gates are named after the places where the roads start/finish: Eskisehir, Konya, Istanbu, Samsun and Esenboga (airport). Building is on-going and could be complete within the next two months. Ankara mayor Melih Gokcek celebrates twenty years in power in 2014.

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