Dover ferry company tells day travelers to stay home

A strike in northern France caused disrupted ferry travel when cross-channel ferry travelers had their sailings cancelled because of industrial action at the Port of Calais.

Dover ferry company tells day travelers to stay home

A strike in northern France caused disrupted ferry travel when cross-channel ferry travelers had their sailings cancelled because of industrial action at the Port of Calais. The Port of Dover said the strike began at 07:00 GMT and ended at 17:00 GMT.

It said the Port of Calais had planned on keeping a number of berths open, but P&O Ferries tweeted that only one berth was open, with limited ship movements. The Port said roads in Dover had remained clear for most of the day, but with limited operations in Calais, ferry services had been subject to some disruption.

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P&O Ferries said striking workers demonstrating outside the Calais Chamber of Commerce, which runs the port, were striking over delays in planned redevelopment. The ferry company advised day-trippers not to travel.

Even though the strike had ended, Kent Police said that motorists heading towards Dover should expect delays entering the port, while the Port of Dover warned about the build-up of freight traffic. A similar 24-hour strike is planned for next Monday. Ferries were also disrupted on November 14 due to a strike action over jobs.

A 24-hour strike by Belgian workers means Eurostar’s high-speed services between London and Brussels through Kent are starting and finishing at Lille in northern France.

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