Winter maintenance on Lac du Mont Cenis reveals the original pass road and border post.
Also, Oberalppass and Splugen kick off the summer mountain driving season. Swiss police overreact to Iceland sticker on Belgian car. Russian foreign truck tolls to double. Fatigue blamed for deaths of three British family members killed on French autoroute.
OLD ROAD EXPOSED COL DU MONT CENIS
Winter maintenance reveals original pass road and border post.
The lake at the top of D1006 Col du Mont Cenis 2083m has been drained for winter maintenance.
Lac du Mont Cenis is an artificial storage lake feeding two hydroelectric power plants.
It is toll free compared to the one-way charge at Frejus of €43.50 for a standard car (or €54.30 return if coming back within seven days).
The lake is due to be refilled on Friday (29 April) but in the meantime, the original dam and water works dating from 1921 are exposed as well as – particularly – the bridge for the original pass road and customs house which marked the old border.
Sadly, mere mortals won’t get to see it since the pass won’t open until 1 May at the earliest.
However, see Les Hydros du Mont Cenis Facebook page for more extraordinary photos.
roundup: REGISTRATION PLATES. An extraordinary tale of a Belgian couple stopped by Swiss police for displaying an ‘IS’ sticker on the back of their car. The pair are regular visitors to Iceland and bought the sticker on-board the Smyril Line ferry reports Iceland Review. They were eventually able to persuade the armed officers the sticker was not a sly reference to the Islamist group. However, despite realising their mistake, the police reportedly insisted the sticker was covered up before they were allowed to drive away. RUSSIA. The fee for all foreign freight vehicles has doubled reports Moscow Times. The annual fee rises to 120,000RUB (£1250) and the daily fee to 850RUB (£8.80) for vehicles 3.5-12t (trucks 12t+ pay the Platon electronic road toll). The rises are in response to depreciation of the Russian ruble says RT.com. FRANCE. three members of a British family including two children were killed in an accident early this morning on the A39 southbound between Dijon and Bourg en Bresse in eastern France according to Le Parisien. The deceased include a 10 year old boy, a four year old girl and their 31 year old father. The mother and another child survived and were taken to hospital in Lyon. Apparently no other vehicle was involved. Initial reports blame driver fatigue.