Ascension Holiday Traffic – Practical Roadster

Updated 21:00BST:

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NEWS: The roads will be busy from today and over the long holiday weekend. MINI presents a very practical roadster concept.

GIBRALTAR QUEUE WATCH: n/a.

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CHANNEL DELAYS: P&O Dover-Calais 20:15 and Calais-Dover 23:35 delayed 30 mins, tech issue.

WEATHER ALERT: Red alert floods Czech Republic. Amber alerts storms/heavy rain Poland + floods Norway (see more here, melting snow) + Sweden.

WEATHER: Unsettled and thundery. Hot Greece/Turkey. Sunny Scandinavia, breezy Baltic.

MAJOR ROAD WORKS: A7 both ways to Elbtunnel, Hamburg, tunnel works, 2h00 northbound, 1h40 southbound – also A1 northbound into Hamburg, road works at Barsbuttel delay down to 20mins.

MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS: A13 outbound from Paris, incident, holdup from A86 delay still 55mins. A6b/A6a/A6 total delay outbound Paris down to around 30mins, several earlier incidents. A7 southbound Lyon>Avignon, total delay around 60mins.

A2 eastbound from Hanover, road works delay down to 40mins. A2 westbound from Hanover, lanes closed earlier accident at Bad Nenndorf delay still 1h10. 

A73 southbound from Bamberg, earlier incident, delay still 40mins. A6 eastbound into Nuremberg, earlier incident total delay down to 30mins.

A2 southbound to Gotthard Tunnel, queue down to 3km, delay 30mins.

Earlier: now no delay A1 at WuppertalA10 to Genoa. A7 northbound Hanover>Hamburg, road works, delay down to 10mins. A5 northbound to Freiburg, earlier accident at Bad Krozingen delay down to 10mins. A7 southbound from Wurzburg, earlier accident at Marktbreit delay now 10mins each way.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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ASCENSION HOLIDAY TRAFFIC

A busy weekend is expected on Continental roads, particularly France and Switzerland.

Long queues to the A2 Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland are inevitable.

Long queues to the A2 Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland are inevitable.

The long Ascension weekend – a public holiday in France, Germany, Holland, Austria and Switzerland at least on Thursday – means more traffic on the roads, probably from this afternoon (Wednesday).

The particular hotspots will be France on Sunday and Switzerland all weekend. It’s not all bad news however as famous mountain roads reopen after the winter break.

France – today will be busy in the Paris and Alps regions, from around 15:00. Tomorrow it will be the turn of the north west as drivers leave on their weekend breaks according to Bison Fute.

The roads on Friday and Saturday should be relatively clear but Sunday will be a ‘black day’ in the north west – as busy as it gets – as drivers return home.

Motorists have already been warned to expect increased traffic police presence.

Germany – busiest today with drivers heading south and to the coasts, slacking off slightly Friday and Saturday then likely busy again on Sunday with returnees says ADAC.

SwitzerlandTCS warns Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday are all ‘black’ days, as busy as it gets. Friday and Sunday are red, a notch down, starting to return to normal on Monday. Traffic will be predominantly heading south until Friday then both ways until Sunday and north on Monday.

Delays at the A2 Gotthard Tunnel are inevitable. TCS says it is best avoided if possible, via the A13 Zurich-Bellinzona.

Better news: the Furka, Grimsel and San Bernardino passes are all expected to open today, Wednesday 28 May, by 12:00 local time.

Austria – getting out of the major cities Vienna, Linz and Graz will be hard going from Wednesday afternoon says OAMTC. Over the weekend, the usual suspects in the west – B179 Fernpass, A10, A12 and A13 – will be busy as drivers nip over the German border for the higher peaks and larger lakes.

The Worthersee custom car show at Reifnitz, on the southern shore of the lake west of Klagenfurt, runs from today (Wednesday) until Saturday meaning heavily congested, though colourful, roads in the area. The Erzburg motorbike Enduro races Rodeo in Erzesfeld near Vienna, and the Aussersee Daffodil festival near Salzburg, both run all weekend too but will be busiest on Sunday.

Good news: the super high altitude 2509m (8,231ft) Timmesljoch opens after the winter break on Thursday 29 May.

See more on Mountain Pass re-openings here.

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Finally, a - potential – new entrant in the compact roadster segment, dominated and defined for the past few decades by the Mazda MX-5. It’s electric too. MINI presents its Superleggera Vision concept at this week’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este beside Lake Como, Italy. Designed and built in conjunction with Touring, the storied Milanese ‘Carrozzeria’ – also responsible for the recent Alfa Romeo Disco Volante – using traditional, hand crafted construction methods from large aluminium sheets for sleek, seamless bodywork. The lack of an internal combustion engine means that long rear boot is likely to be complemented by more luggage space under the bonnet. That, more than anything, is what really moves the roadster concept on a stage. As to whether MINI will eventually put Superleggera Vision into production – well they have to, don’t they?

Practical Roadster: finally, a – potential – new entrant in the compact roadster segment, dominated and defined for the past few decades by the Mazda MX-5. It’s electric too. MINI presents its Superleggera Vision concept at this week’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este beside Lake Como, Italy. Designed and built in conjunction with Touring, the storied Milanese ‘Carrozzeria’ – also responsible for the recent Alfa Romeo Disco Volante – using traditional, hand crafted construction methods from large aluminium sheets for sleek, seamless bodywork. The lack of an internal combustion engine means the long rear boot is likely to be complemented by more luggage space under the bonnet. That, more than anything, is what really moves the roadster concept on. As to whether MINI will eventually put Superleggera Vision into production – well they have to, don’t they?

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