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TRAVEL - ROADS: KENT - J11A / M20 Channel Tunnel - queues because of strike at Port of Calais

The closure of the Port of Calais because of industrial action in France has had a knock-on effect in Kent.

There is queueing traffic and one lane is blocked due to freight traffic queueing for the Channel Tunnel on M20 coastbound at J11A.

At the Channel Tunnel, M20 J11a, the queue is back on to the main M20 in lane one (of three) and the A20 is slow in to Dover.

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French strike could cause delays in Dover

The Port of Dover is advisng customers and the local community of potential industrial action in the Port of Calais on Monday 8th December 2014, currently suggested to be between 08h00 and 18h00 local time. This may have an adverse impact on ferry services and capacity at the Port of Dover.

It is unclear how severely services may be affected. The Port of Calais does intend to keep a number of berths open for use throughout the day, although the number may be less than usual. Customers wishing to travel on Monday are strongly advised, where possible, to travel ahead of the possible action period.

Port of Calais strike Credit: PA

The Port of Dover, together with its major ferry partners, will do all that it can to minimise any customer delays and community impact but some disruption should be anticipated from a situation beyond its control.

Due to the current high volumes of seasonal traffic and the potential disruption, there may be queues on the approach roads to the Port of Dover. Customers are therefore advised to allow plenty of time for their journey and the community should consider using alternative local routes to move around the area where possible.

Delays expected at the Port of Dover Credit: PA
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