Severe Traffic Disruptions on 30 July in Gorenjska Region and te City of Ljubljana

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 1:00:00 PM

On Saturday, 30 July 2016, heavy traffic disruptions are expected in the area of Gorenjska and Ljubljana due to a ceremony at the Russian Chapel. People are advised not to make any travel plans in the Gorenjska region and Ljubljana for that day. However, if you do need to travel there, make sure you are prepared for possible delays and adjust your speed to the traffic flow. 

This year marks 100 years since the tragic events at Vršič Pass, in memory of which the Russian Chapel was built. The ceremony taking place on Saturday, 30 July 2016, will be attended by the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and the police have been working closely for some time with other relevant services to plan and carry out activities linked to his arrival.  

The highest-level security measures are planned due to the attendance of high foreign officials. The security plan will be prepared by Security and Protection Centre officers in collaboration with foreign security authorities.  

The visit will take place in the Gorenjska region and in Ljubljana, therefore major traffic disruptions are expected there on that day. Certain roads on the route travelled by the protected persons will be closed for either long or short periods. It will be possible to drive on parallel or bypass roads, but heavy traffic is expected. Traffic in the area will be restricted for freight vehicles whose maximum permissible weight exceeds 3,500kg. A special Decree on Road Traffic Restrictions in the Republic of Slovenia will be issued for this purpose.  

We advise those travelling from Western and Northern Europe towards Croatia to take the road through Italy; those travelling in the opposite direction should take the road through Italy or through Ljubljana and Maribor towards Graz, Austria.  

We recommend to avoid travelling through the Karavanke Tunnel on the A2 motorway between Slovenia and Austria because the tunnel will be closed in both directions on several occasions during the day. Delays are also expected on parallel or bypass roads.  

Those travelling the A10 motorway from Salzburg are recommended taking the road towards Italy (A23 motorway towards Tarvisio–Udine–Palmanova) at the Villach junction and then continue towards Slovenia (we recommend taking the A34 motorway, the Villesse–Gorizia section, and then the H4 expressway, the Vrtojba–Razdrto section in Slovenia). Drivers should pay special attention to the changed traffic signs which will be displayed even at the entrance to Salzburg.  

Those returning towards the north are recommended taking the mentioned Italian motorway or the Koper–Ljubljana section of the A1 motorway to Ljubljana (A2/A1) and then to continue along the A1 towards Maribor and Graz. Drivers coming from Dalmatia (A3) are recommended to use the Croatian A4, the Hungarian M7 and the Slovenian A5 towards Maribor and then Austria. Alternatively, they can take the A2 motorway in the Dolenjska region (Obrežje–Ljubljana). From Ljubljana, they can continue towards Postojna on the A1 motorway and then drive through Italy towards Austria, or take the Ljubljana eastern bypass (A1) towards Maribor and Graz.  

Due to the road closures and increased traffic, access to Ljubljana’s Jože Pučnik Airport will be obstructed. Passengers travelling on that day are recommended to leave for the airport earlier than usual.  

The Slovenian and foreign public will be regularly informed about the details regarding this event.  

Drivers can also find information about road closures at the Traffic Information Centre (








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