A huge increase in cross-Channel ferry fares is being predicted if the operators have to switch to more environmentally-friendly fuels in two years time. They claim their costs will increase by up to 80 per cent and that will have a knock-on effect for passengers.
Environmentalists say the industry has a duty to reduce the pollution ferries pump out. David Johns reports, talking to MP Caroline Lucas, Dave Balston from the UK Chamber of Shipping, Carsten Jensen of DFDS Seaways, and MEP Keith Taylor.
Delays of an hour and a half on DFDS Seaways between Dover and Calais due to earlier industrial action at Calais.
Delays of up to one hour on P and O Ferries between Dover and Calais due to earlier adverse weather conditions. Passengers should check in for their booked sailing at the normal time.
Brittany Ferries has been forced to cancel sailings until at least Tuesday after talks with unions broke down.
A series of strikes have been held for a week now in protest at the ferry companies planned money saving measures.
The firm, which has its UK headquarters in Portsmouth, says the crew unions’ members would not agree to sign a draft agreement document
Brittany Ferries is sending its customers to Dover where P&O Ferries and MyFerryLink will accept its tickets.
A spokesman said:
‘Brittany Ferries very much regrets the effect that the disruption is having on its customers and would like to reassure everyone that the management is working hard to reach a swift end to the dispute as well as doing everything possible to help its customers rearrange their travel plans.’
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The M2 London bound entry slip road closed due to spillage of gravel at J5 A249 (Sittingbourne/Stockbury Roundabout).
There are reports of one lane blocked and slow traffic due to broken down car on A23 Handcross Hill Southbound near B2110 (Handcross).
There are reports of one lane blocked due to broken down lorry on A2070 Bad Munstereifel Road Northbound after Barrey Road. Just past Orbital Park travelling towards M20 J10.
All lanes open and traffic returned to normal, broken down lorry removed on A22 Northbound at M25 J6 / B2235 (Godstone). No recent updates. Lane one (of two) was reported closed approaching the roundabout.
There are reports of one lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down lorry on A22 Northbound at M25 J6 / B2235 (Godstone) in Surrey. Lane one (of two) closed approaching the roundabout.
All lanes open, earlier car fire on M4 Westbound between J14 A338 (Hungerford) and J15 A346 Marlborough Road / A419 Marlborough Road (Swindon East).