Curves Magazin Austria – Self-driving Racing Car

Last updated 18:00BST.

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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.

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CHANNEL DELAYS: P&O Dover-Calais delay 50mins.

WEATHER ALERT: RED alert heavy rain/flooding South of France (see more). Amber alert heavy rain Portugal, Spain, Italy (see more + more), Switzerland.

WEATHER: rain across West. Unsettled Iberia. Fine + dry central, East.

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.

Earliernow 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.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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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.

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Audi will demonstrate a self-driving racing car, at speeds of up to 150mph, at Hockenheim circuit on 19 October.

Audi will demonstrate a self-driving RS 7 – at speeds of up to 149.1mph – at the DTM finale at Hockenheim circuit on Sunday 19 October. The hot lap will be streamed on the internet at 11:45BST. More info next week.

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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.

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Denmark: construction starts next year on the new 4km Storstrom Bridge between Zealand and Falster islands in Denmark, on the direct route between Copenhagen and Hamburg. It will replace the existing bridge, just to the west, and opens in 2021. Meanwhile, building also starts next year on the Fehmarn Tunnel to finally connect Falster with the German mainland. It will be the world’s longest combined rail and road tunnel at 17.6km and is also expected to open in 2021.

Denmark: construction starts next year on the new 4km Storstrom Bridge between Zealand and Falster islands, on the direct route between Copenhagen and Hamburg says the Copenhagen Post today. Mega-building corps Vinci from France and Hyundai from South Korea, among others, are vying for the business in the capital this week. The new Storstrom replaces the existing bridge, just to the west, and opens in 2021. Meanwhile, building also starts next year on the Fehmarn Tunnel, to finally connect Falster with the German mainland. It will be the world’s longest combined rail and road tunnel at 17.6km and will also open in 2021.

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