Travel chaos was narrowly avoided today on cross channel ferries - as a strike at French ports was called off - at the last minute. But the news came too late for thousands of passengers who'd already cancelled or changed their travel plans. Malcolm Shaw reports on the Easter getaway.
One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M25 anticlockwise between J11 A317 (Chertsey) and J10 A3 (Wisley Interchange). Lane one closed.
Disruption on Southern between East Grinstead and Victoria, and between Uckfield and London Bridge due to road vehicle hitting a bridge at Oxted. Services are currently suspended between East Grinstead / Uckfield and Oxted, with delays likely on the remainder of those routes.
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One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M4 Westbound at J5 A4 (Langley). Lane one closed.
A strike at French ports that would have severely disrupted cross-Channel ferry services was called off today as the great Easter getaway began in earnest.
French port control officers had been due to go on a 24-hour stoppage that would have hit ports such as Calais, Dieppe and Cherbourg.
P&O Ferries had warned its passengers to expect long delays today and on Good Friday and there were fears of traffic build-ups on routes to the port of Dover in Kent.
But at 2am the strike was called off after successful late-night talks in France.
"This is excellent news for British holidaymakers," said P&O Ferries spokesman Chris Laming.