The end approaches for the long running renovation of a notorious north German bottleneck but not without a final sting in the tail. A Formula 1 upstart comes unstuck in Rotterdam. It seems another DFDS ferry route is under threat. An expert explains why the 112 emergency phone number works almost wherever you are.
LAST GASP FOR EMSTUNNEL
Notorious Frisian Island bottleneck on final phase of works.
The Emstunnel on the A31 at Leer in north west Germany is closed southbound until Wednesday 10 September for resurfacing.
As and when the work is finished, see below, the northbound tube will close for a further twelve days, exact dates to be announced.
The suggested diversion (in green above) is the B72/B401 via Saterland though the B70/B436 via Leer looks much quicker.
The four lane, twin tube 945m tunnel under the River Ems, just downstream of the Dollart bay of the Wadden (North) Sea, has been undergoing a large scale renovation since last July.
Holidaymakers heading to and from the East Frisian Islands via the ferries at Emden have been subject to long delays in both directions during peak travel days.
This is the final phase of the renovation. The work so far has been dogged by misfortune. Last December, workmen drilled too deep causing a 500 litres/minute leak in the south tunnel, swiftly followed by another major flood elsewhere.
Specialists from Braunschweig University were eventually called to plug gaps using experimental adhesives. The problems have not recurred.
Further downstream from Emsunnel is the Meyer Werft shipyard at Papenburg which has just floated Quantum of the Seas, the world’s fourth largest cruise ship, which will carry more than four thousand passengers.
roundup: It seems DFDS could drop another ferry route. A few months after cutting the Harwich-Esbjerg boat, weeks after announcing the end of LD Lines’ UK-Ireland-Spain routes – and a couple of days after revealing healthy financial results – it seems the Danish operator’s freight-only Rosyth-Zeebrugge route might face the chop too. According to the BBC, the Rosyth Port chief exec has written to the Scottish govt to say the the EU’s new low-sulphur fuel rules – which require expensive anti-emissions technology to be installed, or the use of more expensive diesel – will ‘severely impact the financial viability of the service’…
A video from ‘expert navigator’ and author Lyle Brotherton explains the ins and outs of the pan-Europe emergency phone number 112, and why it will likely work even if there’s no signal:
GIBRALTAR FRONTIER WATCH: quiet overnight. 40min delay 09:30, 60mins 17:30. Quiet since.