Hybrid Siberia

Last updated 18:00GMT, Thursday 26 February.

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TODAY: on-going flooding and avalanche risk Pyrenees region, see DGT.es (roads marked red need chains, black closed). Some fog northern France, ice warning Vosges Mountains, east France. Weather disruption ferry services Brittany Ferries UK-Spain and knock-on disruption to Portsmouth/Plymouth-Roscoff/St Malo over the weekend. On-going storm Iceland.

YESTERDAY: heavy snow Spain Pyrenees, with flooding in the foothills and with several ski stations closed on France side, Hautacam, Cauterets, Luz-Ardiden, Superbagneres. N20 Puymorens Tunnel re-opened, avalanche risk.

NEWS: Eurotunnel and Kent police air concerns ahead of new Exit Checks due next month. Russia remains part of TIR international trucking system for the time being as secure parking is listed for the first time. The German transport minister is heckled in parliament as he presents the ‘foreigner toll’.

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CHANNEL DELAYS: Eurotunnel freight, busy, increased to 2h00 wait before check-in France + still 30mins UK. P&O Dover-Calais ‘running within 20mins of schedule’.

WEATHER ALERT: amber alert high winds, avalanche Spain Pyrenees, avalanche, floods France Pyrenees, avalanche Norway, fog Poland coast, high winds, storm, heavy rain Italy, storm Greece.

WEATHER: rain France, Norway, showers Italy, Greece.

GOTTHARD TUNNEL: no queues.

MONT BLANC TUNNEL: ‘traffic is fluent’.

MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS: R0 ring north Brussels, anticlock, incident west, delay A3>A10 increased to 45mins.

A8 westbound Saarlouis, accident delay 50mins. A81 northbound to Stuttgart, earlier accident Herrenberg, closed delay increased to 3h00+. 

Earlier: now no delay A8 eastbound into Pforzheim, A3 westbound into Regensburg, A3 southbound to Dusseldorf, A10 eastbound Berlin. A3 both ways Frankfurt, earlier incident Heusenstamm no delay westbound; eastbound down to 15mins. A24 northbound from Berlin, breakdown Fehrbellin delay down to 10mins.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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Porsche leads a tour of Siberia this week to prove its hybrid technology in subzero conditions. Twelve journalists with share Cayenne and Panamera hybrids across 7,000km in twelve days, from Irkutsk near Lake Baikal - the world’s largest body of freshwater – to Ekaterinburg in the Urals via Novosibirsk, Tobolsk and Stolby Nature Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temperatures will hover around -20 degrees. Follow along at #PlugIntoSiberia

Porsche leads a tour of Siberia this week to prove its hybrid technology in subzero conditions. Twelve journalists will share Cayenne and Panamera hybrids across 7,000km in twelve days, from Irkutsk near Lake Baikal – the world’s largest body of freshwater – to Ekaterinburg in the Urals via Novosibirsk, Tobolsk and Stolby Nature Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temperatures will hover around -20 degrees. Follow along at #PlugIntoSiberia

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roundup: CROSSING THE CHANNEL. Despite the Border Force chief telling MPs two weeks ago he was confident operators would be ready for the start of new Exit Checks next month, John Keefe from Eurotunnel told the BBC yesterday, ‘It’s unlikely the technological solution will be in place by 8 April.’ At the same time, Kent’s police chief told Kentonline that April could see a ‘Perfect Storm’ for passengers as Exit Checks combine with the start of redevelopment work at Dover. RUSSIA. Secure truck parking along roads in the Russian Federation has been added to the International Road Transport Union (IRU) TRANSPark free smartphone app under a new agreement signed this week. Meanwhile, Russia will remain part of the international freight TIR system until at least 30 June, though IRU says it ‘cannot exclude that practical problems could still happen at border-crossing points in Russia in the near future’. GERMANY. The ‘foreigner toll’ received its first reading before MPs in the Bundestag parliament today. As at its previous outing at the Bundesrat upper house last month the bill got a rough ride. Transport minister Alexander Dobrindt was ‘constantly interrupted, vociferously’ according to DW.de. Left Party transport spokesman Herbert Behrens said, ‘The toll should be done away with and the minister too.’ Dobrindt faithfully repeated his by now well-worn line, ‘The toll is fair, reasonable and just.’ The prospective law gets its second and third reading on 26 March and could reach the final stage as early as 8 May.

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