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Calais disruption: Advice for cross-channel travellers

Lorries parked as part of Operation Stack along the M20 in Ashford, Kent, as Channel crossings are disrupted by migrant activity in Calais. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Cross-channel travel disruption is set to continue into the weekend due to the ongoing problems at Calais terminals and the impact of Operation Stack.

Kent Police says Operation Stack is in place on the M20 coastbound (eastbound) between junction eight and junction eleven. It is expected to remain in place into the weekend.

Freight lorries queuing for Dover and Eurotunnel are facing delays of up to several hours.

EU rules have temporarily been relaxed to allow lorry drivers to drive for longer stretches of time with a shorter break, to contend with the delays.

Lorries queued as part of Operation Stack on the M20 motorway in Kent. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The M20 and A20 routes are scheduled by the Highways Agency to re-open at 3pm on Sunday.

Kent Highways is providing regular updates from its Twitter account.

Two migrants cling to the top of a lorry as it leaves the Eurotunnel site in Folkestone, Kent, following their arrival from Calais via the Channel Tunnel. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

All travellers are urged to contact their operator before setting off on their journeys.

People heading to the Eurotunnel Terminal are being asked to check local traffic conditions on the Highways England website and leave adequate time.

Access to the Eurotunnel's Folkestone terminal from the A20 is also closed until August 15 due to ongoing improvement works. Drivers are instead asked to continue along the A20 and join the M20 southbound at junction 11, then access the terminal via M20 junction 11a.

Eurostar is not currently forecasting disruption over the weekend.

Eurotunnel passengers can call 08444 630000. Eurostar ticket holders can visit www.eurostar.com. Those travelling through the Port of Dover can call 01304 240 400 or visit www.doverport.co.uk

File photo dated 24/6/2015 of migrants on the main road into Calais ferry port where some have been trying to board UK-bound lorries. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

P&O Ferries says all services are running but warned on Friday morning that roads in and around Dover are heavily congested, advising people to leave extra time for their journeys.

Anyone taking regular medication should make sure they have enough to account for possible delays. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The NHS has issued the following advice for holidaymakers, especially those travelling with children or older people:

As well as leaving extra time for their journey, holidaymakers are advised to take food and drink with them so they are well prepared for any delays.

Anyone taking regular medication should make sure they have enough of this with them to cover the time while they are on holiday, as well as sufficient to cover any extra time due to travel delays. If you are travelling with young children, the elderly or someone with specific health needs please make sure you consider anything additional you may need to take with you for them.

If you or one of your party does become ill during your journey, the NHS would urge people to consider which is the most appropriate place to go to get help for their health needs.

People should call NHS 111 if they need medical help, but it’s not a life-threatening emergency. For less urgent health needs, they should contact their GP or local pharmacist in the usual way. For immediate, life-threatening emergencies they should always call 999. To find the nearest health service and to check your symptoms visit the NHS Choices website.

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