TODAY: Paris police advise drivers to avoid the city centre this evening, from 18:00 through the night, due to the 800 live music performances for the ‘Fete de la Musique’. Traffic problems in east central Brussels tomorrow for the European Summit. Glacial flooding Iceland. North stretch of H2 Gotthard Pass closed by rockfall until next month.
THE WEEK AHEAD: the two day EU Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) ‘Connecting Europe’ conference starts at 13:00BST in Riga, Latvia, tomorrow (Monday 22 June). Sessions include ‘Building transport infrastructure to fuel Europe’s economic engine’, ‘Facing the challenges of Europe’s new trans-European networks’ policy’, ‘Core network corridors: Putting work plans into practice’, and ‘Innovative Financing of Transport Infrastructure and Financial Instruments – From Theory to Practice’. The conference is live-streamed here.
Belgium: work starts tomorrow (Monday 22 June) on the Brussels E40 between Gent and Aalst. The carriageway between Wetteren and Erpe-Mere is being replaced, and the Wetteren exit widened. Until 3 July, only two lanes will be open in each direction, possibly one lane overnight, with speed limited to 70kmh.
On tour: the Modball Rally left London on Saturday heading for Barcelona for Thursday via Paris, Milan, Rome, and Monaco. Follow @ModballRally. Meanwhile, Rico Rally left the UK today heading through France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany via major mountain roads Mont Ventoux, Col de l’Iseran and Grand Saint Bernard, Nufenen & San Bernardino Passes, plus the Porsche and Mercedes museums in Stuttgart. See @RicoRallyTweets. Thursday is the final day of the Honda Real Fuel Challenge. Two drivers from the European Research & Development (R&D) team set off in a Civic Tourer from Aalst in Belgium on 1 June to drive a clockwise route through 24 EU countries and more than 13,000km, hoping to claim the Guinness World Record for fuel efficiency. See @FergalandJulian.
Strikes: as yet unconfirmed is another motorway fuel strike in Italy from Tuesday to Thursday (23-25 June). The minimum service is a filling station open every 100km. Drivers can carry ten litres of fuel in a jerry can. Also, French taxi drivers are threatening to ‘paralyse’ major cities around the country – particularly Paris, Lyon and Marseilles – with sit-ins outside railway stations and airports on Thursday.
WEEKEND TRAFFIC: the last quiet weekend in Germany and Switzerland ahead of the summer’s first two Black Saturday’s next week. Busy both ways on the A22 Brennero motorway Italy. No warnings for France (next Friday will see raised traffic levels) or – Grand Prix excepted – for Austria. See below for weekend road closures in Germany.
WEEKEND WEATHER: best in the Southwest according to BBC Weather with cloud in the North and showers in the East Mediterranean.
WEEKEND ROAD CLOSURES GERMANY: all roads shut in both directions. A3 Nuremberg-Würzburg, overnight Friday until Sunday morning. A5 Karlsruhe-Basel in Weil am Rhein/Swiss border, Saturday evening to Sunday evening. A7 Flensburg-Hamburg in Hamburg, Friday night until Monday morning. A46 Dusseldorf-Wuppertal in Dusseldorf, Saturday lunchtime until Sunday night. A293 Western Bypass Oldenburg, Friday morning until Sunday evening. All via ADAC.
See Traffic/Travel/Weather for more.