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UGH, WEEKEND TRAFFIC
Road works and the weather ruined an otherwise decent weekend.
But for some pesky road works, the expected heavy traffic returning home on Saturday from half term holidays in France, Belgium and parts of Germany failed to materialise.
Worst of all was the alternate lane running on the N20 between the Puymorens Tunnel and Ax-les-Thermes in the French Pyrenees. Drivers must have been cursing, sat there for up to four hours.
Almost as bad was the A22 Brennero – both ways at the road works north of Bolzano again and, this week, between Vipiteno and the Austrian border. The N90 Bourg-Moutiers ran a close third with works into Moutiers. The jams from Albertville were just good old heavy traffic.
The A7/B179 Fernpass had very long delays southbound due to another bout of alternate lane running in the cross border Grenztunnel.
Curiously, for the second weekend running, the border A95/B2 crossing at Garmisch was virtually traffic free the whole day until brief queues in the mid-afternoon.
Sunday dawned serene as it always does after a heavy traffic Saturday with warm spring-like, record breaking weather to match. It stayed like that until five o’clock when all hell broke loose and it didn’t stop until 21:00.
Traffic poured back from the beaches on the Channel with height-of-Summer like delays on the A25 to Lille, E40 to Brussels and inbound roads to Paris.
A breakdown saw queues top an hour heading north from Beliinzona on the A13 in Switzerland, there were even worse delays on the A9 into Montreux and it was pretty bad northbound to the Gotthard Tunnel for the first time since the summer.
Meanwhile, westbound on the cross country A3 in Germany saw big delays as did the A5 southbound to Basel.
The N20 at Puymorens also put in more multi-hour queues. But for the road works and the weather it might have been a good weekend to travel.
BELGIUM. Seven people between the ages 15-23 died in an horrific crash on the E314 Brussels-Liege road last night. The youngsters crashed into the back of a tanker lorry. The car was completely incinerated. ICELAND. The Guardian covers the 832 mile Route 1 which circumnavigates the island, concentrating on all the locations that have appeared in films like Die Another Day, Thor and Prometheus (and Game of Thrones). R1 celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.