Happy New Year

Last updated 18:00GMT, Thursday 1 January.

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TODAY: fog Troyes north east France, speed limit reduced to 100kmh. Black ice warning Toulouse. Snow A28 Switzerland. Freezing rain Dresden, east Czech Republic. Earlier thick fog A8 Munich-Salzburg, Chiemsee + A5 Karlsruhe-Freiburg. Continued difficult driving in the Balkans, especially Greece.

NEWS: the Istanbul-Izmir highway, blocked for nearly two whole days by snow in Balikesir province, has now re-opened. Heavy recent snowfall however continues to affect roads in many other parts of the country. Meanwhile, the mayor of Ankara says black ice which caused one hundred pileups in the city on 22 December was the result of sabotage after sprinklers were activated on traffic islands by persons unknown (and not the fault of the city authorities).

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CHANNEL DELAYS: Eurotunnel earlier tech fault fixed. Delay car shuttle down to 30mins UK + France. Freight transit time from France still 3h00, down to 2h00 from UK.

WEATHER ALERT: red alert low temperatures Montenegro, Serbia + high winds Greece. Amber alert low temperatures West Balkans, high winds Italy, storm Greece. New amber alert high winds south Sweden + east Baltic, Finland coast and Estonia.

WEATHER: fair West, rain South East.

GOTTHARD TUNNEL: no delays.

MONT BLANC TUNNEL: ‘traffic is fluent’.

MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS: no major delays.

Earlier: now no delay A92 westbound to Munich, A6 northbound to Bern.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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Happy New Year: only 940 cars were torched this New Year’s Eve compared to 1067 last year says the French Ministry of the Interior, crediting the ‘substantial, active and dissuasive mobilisation of the security forces’. Setting cars ablaze has become something of a tradition in ‘high rise suburbs’ across the country. Photo @Place_Beauvau

Happy New Year: only 940 cars were torched this New Year’s Eve compared to 1067 last year says the French Ministry of the Interior, crediting the ‘substantial, active and dissuasive mobilisation of the security forces’. Setting cars ablaze has become something of a tradition in ‘high rise suburbs’ across the country. Photo @Place_Beauvau

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