Significant return traffic adds to the load on Europe’s roads for the first time this summer at the weekend, particularly in Germany, as France builds towards Black Saturday.
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GERMANY WEEKEND TRAFFIC : ‘CLOGGED HIGHWAYS WHEREVER YOU LOOK’
Busy weekend on the roads, especially Germany, Gotthard, from Vienna, and Brenner.
Ahead of next weekend’s Black Saturday, a typical summer weekend on the roads in France: heavy outbound from Paris on Friday afternoon; heavy to the west, south west and south east on Saturday – from first thing in the morning, declining from mid-afternoon – with the first returns starting to creep in and much quieter on Sunday.
However, the Mont Blanc Tunnel from France to Italy will be exceptionally busy on Friday afternoon – likely three hour delays – though the situation improves steadily over the rest of the weekend.
Meanwhile there will be ‘clogged highways wherever you look’ over in Germany according to ADAC, on Friday and Saturday, again with return traffic starting to make an impression, but calmer on Sunday.
Jams start later than in France with the regular exception of A8-A1 Munich-Salzburg.
Switzerland is in the middle of its six week super-busy weekends run with multi-hour delays expected at the Gotthard Tunnel, in both directions, and at least crowded on the A1 Zurich-Bern, especially around Solothurn, and where it intersects with the A2 Basel-Lucerne at Egerkingen/Oftringen.
It will be another busy Saturday in Austria too, particularly on the A4-M1 Vienna-Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Drivers should watch out for motorway delays at the border with Germany too.
Holiday traffic continues to build in Italy generally – on Friday afternoon and Saturday night this weekend, to the resorts – but overall is not likely to be overly crowded.
The exception is the A22 Brennero Innsbruck-Verona which will be super-busy in both directions, all day on Saturday.
See an overview of European summer traffic.
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