LDLines Cuts Both UK-Spain Ferries – Dariali Gorge Landslide 2

TODAY: LD Lines leaves the UK-Spain ferry market to Brittany Ferries, from early next month, as Brittany Ferries details fare increases and service changes to cope with new EU emissions rules.

Another major landslide has cut off the Georgian Military Road in the Dariali Gorge. Weekend major road closures in Germany. The big border delays this week at the Spanish frontier in Gibraltar are apparently down to a visit from a US Navy submarine. The Baltic States prepare to commemorate one of the 20th century’s most remarkable public demonstrations.

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LD LINES PULLS OUT OF UK-SPAIN FERRIES

Route now only served by Brittany Ferries economie and Cruiseferry boats.

Brittany Ferries economie ship Etretat, now the budget travellers only option between the UK and Spain.

Brittany Ferries economie ship Etretat, now the budget traveller’s only option between the UK and Spain.

As rumoured LD Lines will pull out of both UK-Spain ferry routes, after less than a year in operation.

The Poole-Gijon service stops on 5 September, and Poole-Santander on 7 September, with the last boats leaving from Spain.

LD Lines says customers booked on sailings after the end dates have been transferred onto Brittany Ferries sailings.

The company’s UK-Spain ferries were pitched somewhere between Brittany Ferries’ budget ‘economie’ sailings and its full service cruiseferry lines. The crossings started in January.

Whereas economie proved immediately popular and was booked solid throughout the summer, LD Lines clearly failed to attract sustainable business. The service was also hampered by its lack of pet accommodation. All the Brittany Ferries boats include pet-friendly cabins.

Brittany Ferries’ cruiseferries sail between Portsmouth/Plymouth and Santander/Bilbao up to three times per week with customers able to mix and match routes. Fares start at £424 each way for two+car. Read a review here.

economie sails one round trip each week leaving Portsmouth on Saturday morning and returning from Santander on Sunday afternoon. Prices start at £244 for two+car. Read a review here.

Brittany Ferries recently published timetables up to November 2015.

Meanwhile, Brittany Ferries’ fares will rise by an average four percent from 4 November reports Porstmouth.co.uk to fund emissions-abatement equipment to comply with new EU low-sulphur rules due 1 January 2015. A timetable of ships being removed for service to be upgraded with new ‘scrubbers’ was published by the BBC this week, starting this October right through until March 2017. Some gaps in the service are inevitable. The other operators are yet to say how the new rules will affect their services. Like Brittany Ferries they are likely to have to use use more expensive diesel fuel until ships can be refitted.

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A landslide has cut off the Georgian Military Road in the Dariali Gorge for the second time in three months. More later.

Another landslide – significantly bigger than the previous one in May – hit the Dariali Gorge in northern Georgia on Tuesday night, washing away the S-3 road (formerly the Georgian Military Road). Two men are missing, believed to be trapped in tunnels at the nearby hydropower plant. Like the last time, heavy rain sent mud and debris crashing down from the Devdoraki glacier on the north east slope of Mount Kazbek (5,034m). S-3 runs 208km north-south between Georgian capital Tbilisi and Vladikavkaz, capital of the Russian republic of North Ossetia. Last time the road was closed for a month. Photo @CivilGe. Update 23 August: it will take at least two weeks to restore the road official said today. About 2km of road has been damaged, twice that of the previous landslide. A body, believed to one of the two missing men, has been recovered. Update 30 August: the road reopened partially today due to another, smaller, landslide. The crossing is only open 11 hours each day, from 07:00-18:00. The bodies of both men have now been recovered.

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roundup: weekend road closures in Germany: A2 Dortmund-Hannover in both directions between Rheda-Wiedenbrück and Gütersloh, 19:00-11:00 Saturday to Sunday. A3 Nuremberg-Passau both directions Parsberg and Beratzhausen, 22:00-10:00 Saturday to Sunday. A 40 Duisburg-Venlo in Venlo between Wachtendonk and Wankum, 20:00-20:00 Saturday to Sunday. GIBRALTAR. The noticeably increased delays at the frontier this week – ‘one of the most sustained episodes of delays at the border since 2011,’ says GBC News – coincides with a visit from US nuclear submarine USS Annapolis… Further disruption is likely over the next six months as Spain finally starts work on improvements in line with the EU’s recent recommendations to improve vehicle flow. Starts ‘soon’ and lasts until next March.

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Two million people joined hands in a chain stretching 600km through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on 23 August 1989, known as ‘The Baltic Way’, also the 50th anniversary of the Nazi-Soviet Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact which secretly divided Europe and hived off the three Baltic States under Stalin. The 1989 demo marked the Baltic States’ determination to achieve independence during the breakup of the Soviet Union. The chain followed the route of the now Via Baltica, north from Kaunas to Riga, but then branched off east then north to Estonian capital Tallinn. A number of events will be held this weekend to commemorate the 25th anniversary, see @BalticWay.

Two million people joined hands in a chain stretching 600km through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on 23 August 1989, known as ‘The Baltic Way’, also the 50th anniversary of the Nazi-Soviet Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact which secretly divided Europe and hived off the three Baltic States under Stalin. The 1989 demo marked the Baltic States’ determination to achieve independence during the breakup of the Soviet Union. The chain followed the route of the now Via Baltica, north from Kaunas to Riga, but then branched off east then north to Estonian capital Tallinn. A number of events will be held this weekend to commemorate the 25th anniversary, see @BalticWay.

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GIBRALTAR FRONTIER WATCH: quiet overnight/this morning. 2h20 delay pm, quieter since.

CALAIS MIGRANT CRISIS PETITION: 3,236 signatures since 15.7. See @Justice4Trucker.

CONDOR FERRIES rescheduled services, Commodore Clipper on course to return 22 August.

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