UK Still Dearest Diesel – Tauplitzalm Alpenstrasse

British drivers should certainly wait until France before filling up this month, but the petrol-powered should brim tanks before heading to the Netherlands. Everyone should holdout for Luxembourg – and Austria – if they can.

Also, a quick look at Austria’s Tauplitzalm Alpenstrasse, star of last week’s Ennstal Classic. Super-heavy traffic in France again on Saturday points – again – to a bumper August Black Saturday. The shocking carnage on Turkey’s roads after Ramadan continues, but improves on last year. Ferry passengers shaken after tanker crash into Gothenburg – but the route is still highly recommended. Spectacular arrivals it seems are guaranteed.

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UK STILL DEAREST DIESEL

Big savings on cross-Channel diesel. Austria vies with Luxembourg for cheapest fuel overall.

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All the usual suspects top the fuel price charts this month but the UK is really consolidating its position as having Europe’s dearest diesel.

We first reported back in April that UK derv was the most expensive, at €1.638/l according to Fuel Prices Europe.

Thanks mainly to a volatile exchange rate since then it has increased to €1.704.

It means the saving on the average 50 litre diesel tank for cross Channel travellers has increased considerably since May, to €25.85 in France, €23.05 in Belgium and €18.85 in the Netherlands.

The savings are less marked for petrol powered drivers – €11.85 in France and €8.50 in Belgium – while a fifty litre tank full will actually cost €2.50 more in the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale, Austria is proving a consistent competitor for Luxembourg on cheap fuel.

At €1.054 for diesel and €1.219 for petrol Austria is neatly undercutting Luxembourg on unleaded and rivalling on diesel (€1.050 and €1.246)

More relevant for most drivers in that neck of the woods are the savings compared to Germany (€1.229, €1.529), Switzerland (€1.439, €1.458) and – particularly – Italy (€1.519, €1.711).

Diesel:

Five most expensive: UK, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden.

Five cheapest: Andorra, Estonia, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland.

Petrol:

Five most expensive: Norway, Netherlands, Italy, UK, Denmark.

Five cheapest: Estonia, Andorra, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland.

All prices taken from Fuel Prices Europe on 20 July 2015, per litre. Indicative only; mainly averages except nationally regulated Belgium and Luxembourg.

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It’s not that high in the scheme of things at 1586m (5203ft), nor that steep at 9%. It really doesn’t look all that great from the photos either but Tauplitzalm Alpenstrasse must have something going for it since it was a feature road on this year’s monied and storied Ennstal Classic. With most of Austria’s famous mountain roads within easy reach they must have good reason to come here. Tauplitz is a toll road - €9.80 for a car, €5 for a motorbike - and open all year round, at the Liezen end of the B145 from Salzburg, running in a loop between Bad Mittendorf and Tauplitz village. Find it on PassFinder or see more at Alpenstrasse.at

It’s not that high in the scheme of things at 1586m (5203ft), nor that steep at 9%. It really doesn’t look all that great from the photos either but Tauplitzalm Alpenstrasse must have something going for it since it was a feature road on this year’s monied and storied Ennstal Classic. With most of Austria’s famous mountain roads within easy reach of the event’s base in Grobming, there must have been good reason to come here. Tauplitz is a toll road – €9.80 for a car, €5 for a motorbike – and open all year round, at the Liezen end of the B145, 95km from Salzburg, running in a loop between Bad Mittendorf and Tauplitz village. Find it on PassFinder or see more at Alpenstrasse.at

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roundup: FRANCE. The super heavy holiday traffic continues. Cumulative traffic jams around the country peaked at 658km on Saturday lunchtime compared to just 343km on the same day last year (figures via @VID). It follows last weekend when jams reached 630km versus 530km in 2014. Undoubtedly the fine weather played a part but the biggest delays were on the long range routes, Paris-Bordeaux and Paris-Avignon. Hopefully drivers are spreading themselves out this summer rather than the traditional heavy concentration of holidaymakers in August. Otherwise, as we said last week, a bumper Black Saturday on 1 August lies awaits. See more. TURKEY. The problem during the annual four day holiday following Ramadan – Eid al Fitr – is carnage rather than queues but early figures suggest this year was better than last. In 2014 a shocking 109 people were killed in traffic accidents and 852 seriously injured. This year that figure has been reduced to 69 deaths and 386 serious injuries according to Anadolu News Agency. Bridge and road tolls are suspended over the long weekend. Another Eid festival comes in October; last year 131 people died on the roads. For comparison, in one of Europe’s safest countries, Spain, between 15:00 Friday and Sunday night twelve people died and nine were injured according to roads directorate @DGTes. SWEDEN. A Stena Line ferry on its way from Frederikshavn in Denmark collided with a tanker at 02:30 on Sunday morning near the Gothenburg archipelago. Passengers were left shaken but no injuries were reported according to Sveriges Radio and the ship docked safely. Photos show a deep gash in the side of the ferry. ‘It was the tanker that hit us, not the other way around,’ said Niclas Mårtensson, deputy CEO of Stena Line, via thelocal.se. Despite this incident, the Frederikshavn-Gothenburg ferry is recommended as a way to cross between northern Denmark and south west Sweden, particularly as the Gothenburg terminal being right in the city centre makes for a spectacular arrival, under the Alvsborg Bridge. The crossing takes 3.5 hours with fares from €50 2+car, about the same as the Copenhagen-Malmo Oresund Link. See more.

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