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Recent Calais disruption 'costing economy £250m a day'

The Port of Dover remains open as normal with regular sailings following a series of industrial action in France.

As the Port of Calais continues to operate two berths only, P&O Ferries continues to run a full service to Calais, whilst DFDS Seaways operates a full service to Dunkerque, with an additional vessel diverted to the route to help accommodate heavy traffic.

"P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways have done a fantastic job at keeping the traffic moving in recent days, with the re-routing of vessels and the short-term use of Boulogne. The recent disruption to this vital international trade corridor cost the national economy £250million per day in lost trade. From Kent Police, Highways England, Kent County Council, the ferry companies and port staff to the local community, I would like to thank all involved for a positive partnership approach to tackle a very difficult situation."

– Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover

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The latest on Operation Stack

Kent council working to provide aid for Operation Stack

Kent County Council is working with partners to provide humanitarian assistance to drivers caught up in Operation Stack.

KCC staff provided 2,000 bottles of water and 750 snack meals yesterday and has another 5,000 bottles plus 200 meals due to be issued today.

While KCC has led the collection of provisions, Kent Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Service, with support of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, will distribute them along the closed stretch of M20.

Help has also been provided by the Red Cross and three voluntary sector vehicles who were commissioned by KCC to attend certain nearby locations off the motorway and deliver tea, coffee and snacks.

KCC Senior Resilience Officer Steve Scully said: “These arrangements are part of the ongoing responsibilities of KCC during an emergency. We’d like to thank our partners for helping us to deliver the items and to Tesco for providing thousands of bottles of water.”

Freight drivers entering Stack will not immediately need any welfare provided, depending on weather conditions and they are urged to ensure they are properly self-equipped with food and water.

Drivers play football as lorries parked along M20

Lorry drivers can be seen playing football as hundreds of vehicles are parked along the M20 in Kent.

Operation Stack continues for miles on what is thought to be the UK's hottest day of the year.

Operation Stack remains in place due to industrial action in Calais on what is predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far Credit: PA Wire
Travellers on both sides of the Channel are facing further disruption as a strike looks set to keep the Port of Calais closed until Thursday Credit: PA Wire

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Operation Stack 'escalated out of all proportion', says Rod Haulage Association

Five thousand bottles of water and two hundred meals are being given to drivers as the operation enters its third day.

The heavy traffic is being caused by Calais closure for industrial action.

Richard Burnett from the Road Haulage Association spoke to ITV News Meridian earlier today.

Coastguards hand out water to helpless drivers stuck on M20

Members of the Coastguard hand out water to stranded lorry drivers on the M20 in Ashford, Kent Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Operation Stack remains in place due to industrial action in Calais on what is predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far.

Travellers on both sides of the Channel are facing further disruption as a strike looks set to keep the Port of Calais closed until Thursday.

Travellers planning to use the Channel Tunnel are urged to check with the operator before starting their journey Credit: PA Wire

Road Haulage Association calls for UK Government to lead EU discussions on Calais

The Road Haulage Association is calling for the UK Government to lead cross EU discussions to try and resolve the current crisis situation in Calais.

I welcome the announcement by the Government of more resources however; I believe that only concerted and integrated co-operation right across Europe can resolve this problem...

The resulting delays in freight vehicle movements are costing hauliers millions of pounds. For every hundred vehicles that have had no alternative but to wait, the cost will have been in excess of £30,000 per day. Although no definitive figure for the amount of vehicles stationery in Operation Stack at any one time is available, we’ve received reports from members that numbers at peak periods were over 2,500. This equates to a massive loss of £750,000 per day.

As well as the stress and fear being experienced by the drivers, the freight companies are taking a serious financial hit. In addition to the loss of revenue due to vehicles standing, an incalculable amount of money is also being lost through missed delivery times. What was a chronic situation is now turning into an acute emergency...

– Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association
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