7th July 2015
Dover Calais update 8th July
‘Operation Stack’ remained in place on the M20 on Wednesday following yesterday’s fatal incident in the Channel Tunnel, the on-going situation in Calais, and high volumes of UK-European road freight traffic, although there were no reports of threatened wildcat strikes or protests this week.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said ‘Operation Stack’ was still in place on the UK’s M20 coastbound between junctions 8-11, due to on-going issues in Calais and volume of traffic in Kent.
P&O Ferries Freight said in a tweet late morning today that while it was operating to schedule out of Dover, the situation was “very busy in Calais currently. We are working hard to get freight moving as soon as possible.” As of 12.45 pm CET, it said the waiting time pre-check in at Calais was approximately three hours, with freight vehicles then being checked-in on the next available sailing.
It continues to be the sole ferry operator serving Calais, access having been denied to DFDS since 29 June by protesting ferry workers, represented by the Syndicat Maritime Nord union, who are maintaining their occupation of two MyFerryLink vessels at the port. Reporting on its Dunkirk-Dover services at 12.45 pm today CET, DFDS Freight confirmed that ‘Operation Stack’ was in place, with long queuing times entering the Port Of Dunkirk.
Ex-France, Eurotunnel’s truck shuttle is operating six departures per hour but there are waiting times of approximately three hours before check-in. Ex-UK, there are five departures per hour and waiting times of approximately 60 minutes before check-in. The journey from check-in to arrival in France will take approximately two hours.