The Week Ahead: Thursday’s Ascension Day holiday will see heavy traffic from Wednesday throughout the weekend. The 1,000 Brescia-Rome-Brescia Mille Miglia re-enactment kicks off on Thursday while Milan opens its major eastern bypass on Saturday.
Ascension Day will mean some very heavy traffic this week.
Thursday 14 May is a public holiday in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium.
The worst of the traffic will be on Wednesday in Germany and again on Sunday, but less so.
Wednesday will be busy in France as well, especially Paris, and on Thursday, but the busiest day will be Sunday as everybody returns home.
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday are all Black Days in Switzerland, heading predominantly south the first two days and in both directions at the weekend.
Overall traffic will be heavy in Switzerland from Wednesday to Monday.
The only busy day in Austria however is Thursday.
Finally, Saturday sees the opening of TEEM, the Tangenziale est Esterna Milano, the eastern Milan outer ring road.
It links the Milan-Venice A4 in the north with the A1 Milan-Naples in the south via the new A35 Milan–Brescia (BreBeMi) motorway and Linate airport with three lanes in each direction.
There are already fears that drivers will be as slow to take to the new road as they have been, so far, to the A35 – see this video of the locals holding an impromptu football match in the fast lane – but the combination of the two new motorways should surely bring some relief to the ultra-busy A4.
See this week’s list of truck bans, starting Wednesday night, at TrafficBan.com