‘Stabilized Bed’

Last updated 18:00GMT, Thursday 22 January.

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TODAYOperation Stack J8-9 on the coastbound M20 – unlikely to be lifted until tomorrow afternoon reportedly (and on A16 Calais/Dunkirk, see below). Non-freight traffic diverted. Car drivers strongly advised to use M2/A2 to Dover (see below). Eurotunnel still recovering from fire and power outage at weekend. Operator says five of the tunnel’s six sections will be in operation today (up from four) allowing more regular departures. See below for current estimated delays. Dover, Calais + Dunkirk congested with freight traffic.

Black ice France, Limoges-Clermont + Colmar. See this BBC report on snow in Spain and flooding in Bosnia (+ more on Bosnia floods).

Truck protests France: earlier blockade on A1 northbound to Lille at Drocourt/Lens and truck columns on N230 ring east of Bordeaux. Returned now A1 northbound to Lille at Dourges but no major disruption.

NEWS: Paris pollution measures, reduced speed limits on major roads in Ile de France capital region + also in the Arve Valley to the Mont Blanc tunnel.

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CHANNEL DELAYS: Eurotunnel car shuttle UK now no delay, or France. Freight: UK still 2h00 before check-in + transit time down to 3h00; France still 6h00 + 4h00.

MyFerryLink delay 45mins. DFDS Dover-Dunkirk/Calais delay 1h30-2h30. P&O Dover-Calais some delays 50mins. Brittany Ferries 15:30 Bilbao-Portsmouth now due 23:00, tech issue.

WEATHER ALERT: amber alert snow/ice Spain + heavy rain/storm Italy.

WEATHER: fair North, rain Italy + Greece.

GOTTHARD TUNNEL: no queues.

MONT BLANC TUNNEL: earlier sleet Italy side now clear.

MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS: A16 westbound into Calais, stack still in place at Dunkirk but still eased at Calais. A61 northbound to Toulouse, earlier accident Villefranche, delay still 2h00. A8 westbound to Monaco, vehicle fire Roquebrune delay increased to 1h15.

A1 northbound to Amsterdam, accident Amersfoort, delay 55mins.

A7 southbound to Wurzburg, accident, lanes closed Schweinfurt, delay 50mins. A8 eastbound Pforzheim, major accident, delay 60mins. A8 westbound to Munich, obstruction Traunstein delay 55mins.

A10 eastbound into Genoa, accident, delay 50mins. A4 westbound Bergamo, accident delay 1h10.

Earlier: A20 eastbound Dover, heavy port traffic, delay down to 15mins; A2 inbound delay 5mins. A3 eastbound Liege, road works, delay down to 5mins.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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In a first for a ferry company, DFDS is trialling a ‘stabilized bed’ on its Copenhagen-Oslo route onboard Crown Seaways. It works by sensing the roll of the ship in high seas then compensating with electric motors to keep the bed flat. First developed for the offshore industry the technology has since been used in hospital ships and high end yachts. See stable.no for more. Photo Frederik Reis/DFDS Seaways.

In a first for a ferry company, DFDS is trialling a ‘stabilized bed’ on its Copenhagen-Oslo route onboard Crown Seaways. It works by sensing the roll of the ship in high seas then compensating with electric motors to keep the bed flat. First developed for the offshore industry the technology has since been used in hospital ships and high end yachts. See stable.no for more. Photo Frederik Reis/DFDS Seaways.

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