Transit Passes: Aprica, Tonale, Mendola + Costalunga

Last updated 18:30BST.


TODAY: flash floods today in southern Italy, yesterday in Bulgaria (with more rain today). Potential delays at border controls Calais – clear so far today – passengers advised to arrive in good time. Overnight road works on the A20 in Dover. Continuing threat from volcano eruption in Iceland.

WEEKEND TRAFFIC: roads now more or less quiet, A4, A62 and A7 in Germany and Gotthard Tunnel northbound.

Semi-shut down on @DriveEurope for September, but still keeping an eye on the news, traffic, travel and weather.

See below for the latest on the Calais Migrant Crisis, and traffic/travel and weather.



Driving ‘transit passes’ from the Swiss Alps to the Dolomites: Aprica, Tonale, Mendola + Costalunga. More later.


CALAIS MIGRANT CRISIS: the BBC reports more stowaway incidents: one man hidden in a motorhome yesterday and two more in another vehicle. The RHA, see below, says 300 people have been discovered on 69 trucks so far this week. After Thursday’s stowaway incident, Eurotunnel warns passengers to be vigilant. ‘We’ve been warning truck drivers for a while now to be on the lookout for people sneaking into their trailers in car parks, now we’re just extending this advice to motorists,’ said a spokesman. The FCO Foreign Office says similar for all cross-Channel passengers, ‘There are large numbers of illegal migrants in and around Calais, who may seek an opportunity to enter the UK illegally. Although local police patrols have been reinforced, you should keep car doors locked in slow moving traffic and secure your vehicle when it is left unattended.’

Meanwhile, the Road Haulage Association warns drivers and haulage companies not to arrive at Calais ‘with hours to spare’, or take rest breaks within sixty miles of the port. One driver has today warned truckers to check their vehicles after the crossing. @BoatShiftSimon tweeted today, ‘Illegals known to be swapping trailers mid crossing, some being found hiding on axles when they were not there boarding.’

CALAIS MIGRANT CRISIS PETITION: 3,311 signatures since 15.7. See @Justice4Trucker. 


CHANNEL DELAYS: Eurotunnel car shuttle, train stopped in tunnel ‘temporarily’, delay 2hrs UK, 60mins France. Freight transit time 2h30 to UK, 2hrs to France.

WEATHER ALERT: Amber alert heavy rain SpainItaly, Bulgaria + storm Germany, Austria, Greece.

WEATHER: Warm. Unsettled South East. Settled East.

GOTTHARD TUNNEL: northbound queue still 5km, 50min delay.

MONT BLANC TUNNEL: ‘traffic is fluent’.

MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS: A7 westbound to Kassel, vehicle fire Hann.Munden delay 1h10. A62 southbound to Saarbrucken, bridge work at Weselberg, delay 55mins.

EarlierN346 northbound Lyon bypass, earlier accident, delay down to 20mins + A7 northbound into Lyon delay down to 10mins, earlier accident. A4 westbound from Erfurt, accident at Gotha, delay down to 30mins.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.


GIBRALTAR FRONTIER WATCH: quiet overnight. Max 15mins so far today.


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