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Extending lorry driving hours 'dangerous', says union

Lorries parked as part of Operation Stack along the M20 in Ashford, Kent. Credit: PA

Plans to extent lorry driving hours while delays continue at Calais will increase the likelihood of accidents, the Unite union has said.

The union said the move was not the right answer during Operation Stack, instead urging the Government to find a long-term solution with French authorities.

Relaxing these rules is a dangerous move. There are very good reasons for these regulations, which are about driver and public safety.

This is dreadful situation for all those at the centre of it, but reducing protections for people at work only makes matters worse.

Do not send drivers out on the road exhausted and stressed, but instead ease the bottleneck at the ports by delaying the departure of more trucks and using alternative crossings until the port routes are clear.

– Adrian Jones, Unite’s national officer for road transport

Man seriously injured jumping between Eurostar trains

The man was reportedly trying to jump from one train to another at Gare du Nord. Credit: PA

A man who tried to climb onto the roof of a Eurostar train is fighting for his life in hospital after getting an electric shock from an overhead power line.

The Egyptian was reportedly trying to jump from one train to another at the Gare du Nord station in Paris when he suffered serious burns.

Eurostar said traffic was interrupted on Wednesday after an accident led to a power cut.


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Day-trippers urged to avoid visiting France

Eurotunnel says passengers should reschedule if they can Credit: PA

Eurotunnel is advising anyone taking a day-trip to France via its passenger services to postpone their journey due to long delays as a result of migrant activity throughout the night.

The advice follows a warning from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to avoid Calais because of industrial action by French farmers. It also warned anyone travelling through the French port to keep vehicle doors locked because of the "large numbers of illegal migrants" and a "high threat of terrorism.

Kent Police has been forced to reintroduce Operation Stack in the early hours of this morning leading to further disruption on Kent's roads.

M25 delay warnings after overnight coach crash

No-one was seriously injured in the smash. Credit: @SurreyRoadCops

Three lanes of the M25 have been closed after a coach crashed overnight.

A picture, from Surrey Police, showed a badly-smashed up coach at the side of the road with debris along its side.

The road is closed between junctions eight and nine anti-clockwise, Highways England said, predicting delays until 6.30am.

Surrey Fire and Rescue attended the scene but police said no-one was seriously injured.


Eight in ten 'feel tricked' over foreign exchange fees

An exchange rate display in a Bureau De Change on Oxford Street, London. Credit: PA

More than eight in 10 (83%) UK consumers feel "tricked" and even "taken advantage of" by banks allegedly charging hidden fees in foreign exchange, according to research.

Some 85% of consumers underestimate or do not know the true cost of sending money abroad, according to the study, carried out for TransferWise, an international money transfer platform.

Of those surveyed, 86% believe the Government should take an active role in preventing alleged misleading pricing by the financial services sector.

Long delays on Eurotunnel due to 'migrant activity'

Eurotunnel passengers are facing hours of delays this morning due to "overnight migrant activity".

The operator said there were delays of up to four hours for passengers travelling from the UK to France.

Services were briefly suspended overnight but have since resumed with Eurotunnel saying it was working to get services back to running on time.

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Eurotunnel delays after 'migrant activity' near Calais

Passengers trying to cross the channel are facing disruption again as services were temporarily suspended overnight due to "migrant activity" in Calais.

Shortly before midnight Eurotunnel said they had halted services on both side of the channel.

The operator has now said that services have resumed, but it may take some time for cross-channel trains to return to normal.

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