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Information about motorways, tips on driving to the port – Day-tripper.net the web magazine for visitors to France.

Driving to the Ports

Strikes and fuel supplies in France

Latest travel news;

Kent Police – Kent Police. www.kent.police.uk , and Kent on line. www.kent-online.co.uk/traffic

– The Highways Agency (South East England). www.trafficengland.com

Traffic alerts. www.trafficengland.com

Kent motorway webcams. www.bbc.co.uk/kent/travel/jamcams

Southern Counties motorway webcams. www.bbc.co.uk/southerncounties/travel/jamcams

Speed Cameras – make sure your "shopping in France" savings don't get spent before you go!

Getting to the port and catching your ferry can often be problematical due to unexpected roadworks, strikes or delays. A quick look at the web sites we list below can often help ensure your day goes well.

Breakdowns and Repairs

Breakdown insurance Travel Insurance

United Kingdom Ports

dover port – Dover Port Authority. www.doverport.co.uk

Weather / Dover Port news

Stop24, new service area on the M20, just before the Eurotunnel Terminal. Check times, get money etc.

Port of Belfast. www.belfast-harbour.co.uk

Port of Hull. www.abports.co.uk

newhaven port – Port of Newhaven. www.newhavenferryport.co.uk

portsmouth port – Portsmouth Port Authority. www.portsmouth-port.co.uk

Spinaker Tower, if you have time why not visit this greta building? www.spinnakertower.co.uk

Plymouth (Webcam. Camsecure ). www.abports.co.uk

Port of Southampton. www.abports.co.uk

French channel ports -

Roadworks, traffic information – U.K.

Ferry crossing and rail news Route planners

Travel info .

– Highways Agency. www.highways.gov.uk

Highways agency traffic forecaster. www.highways.gov.uk

Highways Agency. www.realtime-traffic.info

M25 Jam Buster. www.trafficmap.co.uk , Real time Traffic Information.

Roadworks

– Highways Agency. www.highways.gov.uk , Current Roadworks.

Motorway Roadworks

Dover – M2, M20, M25

Southampton /Portsmouth – A27, A3, A31, M23, M3

Plymouth – A36, A38, M5

Traffic Reports

Speeds/jams on Kent Motorways – Map link. www.realtime-traffic.info

Kent Police – Kent Police. www.kent.police.uk

– Latest travel news. www.kent-online.co.uk

Roadworks, traffic information – France

French autoroutes. www.franceautoroutes.com

Internet maps showing roadworks on United Kingdom motorways

M2 – Map by Frixo

M20 – Map by Frixo

Widget by Frixo Road Traffic M20 Traffic

Speed cameras in France

Autoroute security. www.securiteroutiere.gouv.fr

French Camping Car web site. a.ccl.free.fr

French autoroutes. www.franceautoroutes.com

– Controle Radar. French radar control site – check before you go. www.controleradar.org

– Infotrafic. www.infotrafic.com

Bison Futé , France road information.

Speed limits + Speed Cameras

Speed cameras represent another attempt by the Government to collect revenue whilst pretending its for something else (safety). These sites offer excellent advice and warnings.

United Kingdom Speed Cameras. www.ukspeedcameras.co.uk / www.speedcamerasuk.com

Vehicle checklist

A service, whether or not is due is always advisable. Breaking down half way to your destination is always inconvenient with or without insurance. Carry out the usual checks before you go. Check the fluid levels, tyre condition and pressure. A warning triangle, fluorescent jacket and first aid kit are necessary. A good selection of maps (large and small scale) is always helpful. Ensure that your car tyres have at least 1.6 millimetres of tread, the AA recommend a minimum of 2mm.

Useful Outside links

The AA – The AA Breakdown insurance www.theaa.com

– Royal Automobile Club. www.rac.co.uk

Other useful information

– DVLA, driving licences (UK). www.dft.gov.uk

– Association of British Drivers. A group highlighting many issue of concern to motorists. E.g. www.abd.org.uk/fuelcost – British fuel taxes. www.abd.org.uk

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