Last updated 18:00BST.
TODAY: major flooding France and Italy, see below. Belgium ‘speed blitz’, 24 hour anti-speeding campaign, nationwide, though police strike action means may not be strictly enforced (update: ‘damp squib’). Weekend road closure and long diversion coastbound A2 at Canterbury, recommended to take M20 to Dover.
NEWS: New immigration rules mean longer waits and higher fares say cross-Channel operators. Austria‘s heavy vehicle road tolls rise with inflation generally next year apart from one important exception. Belgium is next to raise diesel duty. Construction starts next year on two major projects in Denmark to complete the direct fixed link between Copenhagen and Hamburg. Audi demonstrates a self-driving racing car next weekend. ‘Curve Magazin’ focuses on Austria.
Calais Migrant Crisis: Calais ‘Day of Action’ Monday 13 October.
CHANNEL DELAYS: P&O Dover-Calais delay 50mins.
GOTTHARD TUNNEL: now no queue.
MONT BLANC TUNNEL: ‘traffic is fluent’.
MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS: A75 southbound from Clermont, on/off delays road works, currently 45mins.
A12 eastbound from Berlin, breakdown/road works at Furstenwalde delay 1h45. A5 northbound Basel-Freiburg, road works, breakdown Mullheim delay still 60mins. A96 southbound to Bregenz, road works at Leutkirch delay still 45mins.
A22 northbound from Bolzano, road works, delay 45mins. A1 southbound from Florence, breakdown/fire at Montevarchi, delay 1h30.
Earlier: now no delay A36 westbound at Mulhouse, A20 eastbound to Rostock, . E314 eastbound at Leuven, earlier accident, delay down to 10mins. A7 northbound at Wurzburg, road works at Kitzingen and Schweinfurt, total delay down to 30mins.
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The making of Curve Magazin 5 – Austria, via Porsche. In German only but quite self-explanatory. A series of five magazines, so far, on adventure driving, mainly in the mountains. Has previously covered the Pyrenees, Switzerland, Routes des Grand Alpes and northern Italy. Top, top quality, includes proper heli-cam/art shots, 200+ pages, soft cover, €15. See curves-magazine.de, website includes regular blog photofeatures.
roundup: CROSSING THE CHANNEL. New exit checks will mean longer queues and higher prices cross-Channel industry insiders tell the Dover Express. The Immigration Act 2014, coming into force next April, means more stringent checks on people leaving the country. The onus is on operators to collect much of the information and current IT systems will not be able to cope. New clean-fuel rules mean ferry passengers are already facing higher fares from 1 January. AUSTRIA. Tolls for 3.5t+ campers, buses and trucks will increase inline with inflation by 1.6% from 1 January road operator ASFINAG, announced yesterday. Meanwhile, the surcharge for the A12 from the German border to Innsbruck will increase by up to 20% to pay for the Brenner Base Tunnel railway line. Rates currently range from €13.94-€37.59 for the 75km stretch using the GO Toll electronic on-board unit. BELGIUM‘s incoming government will follow the emerging trend to increase diesel duty says FlanderNews.be. France recently announced a similar move. Regulated diesel price currently €1.398/l – Europe’s 14th most expensive – compared to €1.614 for unleaded 95, 6th most expensive. No word yet on the size of the rise, or on the proposed road charging scheme, a final decision on which was postponed until after the election.