Ferries cancelled, delayed or rerouted as French strike disrupts Calais-Dover route

A P&O Ferries vessel moored at the Port of Dover. Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Ferry passengers attempting to sail from Calais to Dover are suffering major disruption due to strike action in the French port.

Operators P&O Ferries, Irish Ferries and DFDS have cancelled, delayed or rerouted sailings because of the national dispute over pension reforms.

P&O Ferries issued an alert to customers shortly before 8am on Friday which stated: "Our check-in is currently suspended.

"Rest assured if you miss your booked departure, we will get you on the next available."

It advised passengers travelling from Calais to use toilet facilities before they reach the port, bring refreshments and "plan for a wait on arrival".

Irish Ferries cancelled at least four sailings on Friday, while DFDS rerouted all its Calais-Dover crossings to Dunkirk, which is around 30 miles to the east of Calais.

The Port of Dover has confirmed that there is no impact to the operation at Dover which is "free-flowing" with "no delays".

Customers are being advised to check with their booked ferry operator before they travel.

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