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Because of the G7 summit, which will be held in the French city of Biarritz, a series of traffic limits for heavy goods vehicles will be introduced in the town.

The 45th G7 Summit, the annual meeting of representatives of the seven most influential countries in the world (United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada), will be held in the French city of Biarritz from 24 to 26 August. In connection with this event, the French authorities established a number of changes in heavy vehicle traffic, which will mainly concern the French-Spanish border west of the Pyrenees. Speech incl. about the Biriatou and Irún passes near Biarritz.

As European transport associations warn, major obstacles at the Franco-Spanish Irun-Biriatou border crossing should be expected at this time. Therefore, detours for heavy goods vehicles are recommended. The General Road Traffic Directorate of Spain (DGT) tells truck drivers which routes to bypass Irun-Biriatou (remember that smaller border crossings are closed for truck transport).

Alternative routes recommended by DGT for the duration of the G7

Blue line: route from the south: Algeciras – Alicante – Valencia – Barcelona – La Junquera,

Green line: route from the center: Algeciras / Badajoz – Madrid – Zaragoza – La Junquera,

Yellow line: route from the east: Salamanca / León – Burgos – Pancorbo – Logroño – Zaragoza – La Junquera,

Orange line: route from the north: Santander – Bilbao – Vitoria – Logroño – Zaragoza – La Junquera.

Changes to truck traffic bans

These changes are to consist, among others on the lifting of the general traffic ban on vehicles weighing over 7.5 tonnes on Sunday, August 25, 2019, from 0:00 to 8, on the A63, on the France-Spain route, from the Saint-Geours-de-Maremme junction (A63 / RD824) to Biriatou.

The French authorities, in turn, introduce the following traffic bans in connection with the summit for the coming days:

  •  on Saturday, August 24, 2019, heavy goods vehicles above 7.5 tons will not be able to move along the A63 between Biriatou and the Saint-Geours-de Maremme junction (A63 / RD824) until 20. The ban applies to both directions of travel.
  • on Monday, August 26, 2019   between 11 and 18 will prohibit the movement of heavy goods vehicles over 19 tonnes and vehicles carrying dangerous goods ADR. This restriction applies to the following sections:

– A63, between Biriatou and the Saint-Geours-de-Maremme junction (A63 / RD824) in both directions of movement,

– RN134, from the southern exit from the Urdos agglomeration (PR109 + 389) at the Forges de Abel intersection (PR115 + 457) and in RN1134 from the Forges de Abel intersection (PR116 + 000) in the Somport tunnel (PR119 + 920), in both directions,

  • on Monday, August 26, 2019, the passage of vehicles carrying special goods on the following road sections will also be banned:

– A63, between Biriatou and the Saint-Geours-de-Maremme junction (A63 / RD824) in both directions,

– RN134, from the southern exit from the Urdos agglomeration (PR109 + 389) at the Forges de Abel intersection (PR115 + 457) and in RN1134 from the Forges de Abel intersection (PR116 + 000) in the Somport tunnel (PR119 + 920), in both directions,

– RD934, between Pourtalet (PR58 + 460) and the node RD934 / RD431 (PR48 + 690) in the city of Laruns, in both directions.

Bans for trucks

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