Getting away from the UK this weekend might present some problems, today particularly, but otherwise it is expected to be quiet on the Continent’s roads – apart from some road works and road closures in Germany. The next weekends are likely to be very busy indeed.
Ahead of the big Ascension and Pentecost holidays, next weekend and the one after, the roads around Europe are expected to be relatively quiet this weekend.
That’s great news for Brits looking to make the most of the UK’s Bank Holiday though both P&O and MyFerryLink are warning that Dover will be busy from this afternoon. Resurfacing works on the A20 approach to eastern Docks could also lead to delays so, “please allow extra time for your journey”.
The E40 between Brussels and the coast/Channel Ports also has long term lane closures at Gent with random delays in either direction of up to 45 minutes.
Now for some good news. There are no jams predicted in France this weekend says Bison Fute.
Traffic is expected to be light in Germany too according to the ADAC though a long list of road works, 300 sites in total, will slow progress on the main east-west, north-south transit routes.
In addition there are a number of weekend closures: A3 Nuremberg-Passau in both directions at Parsberg from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon; A7 Hamburg-Flensburg, different sections in both directions closed from this evening until Monday morning, plus lane closures at the A7 Elbtunnel in central Hamburg; A8 Karlsruhe>Neunkirchen at Limbach from this afternoon until Sunday night, and A8 Stuttgart>Munich at Muhlhausen from tonight until Sunday night; A93 Weiden>Hof at Hochstadt on Saturday evening; A95 Munich-Garmisch Partenkirchen both directions at Eschenlohe Saturday evening until Sunday morning; and finally A671 Wiesbaden>Mainz at the Wiesbaden end from tonight until Monday morning.
In all cases traffic will be diverted. Prior experience suggests delays will not be horrendous, likely less than an hour at peak times.
A quiet weekend is also expected in Switzerland says TCS though, as it’s the first weekend may of the major mountain passes will be open, local traffic may be heavier than usual. In general, traffic will head south today and tomorrow, and back tomorrow and Sunday. Traditional queues but not massive delays are to be expected each side of the A2 Gotthard Tunnel.
It should be a good weekend to drive through Austria too except, as above, on freshly opened mountain passes. OAMTC also warns about local traffic around Salzburg for the Touring Car race and St Polten for the Ironman triathlon.
As ever there’s no traffic prediction for Italy. If the weather’s good, from Sunday afternoon expect long delays on the A10 and A12 towards Genoa, and on the A14 back from the coast towards Bologna and Milan.
Overall, the message has to be make the most of it. The next two weekends could be horrific!