Calais to Dover Ferry

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  1. Spawn_e_git

    Spawn_e_git Funster

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    Hi. We need to come back across the water at the end of the week.

    Asking anyone here who has been through Calais in the last few days if it's ok.

    Are there large queues on the way?

    Is it still full of migrants trying to climb in everything moving?

    Priced from Calais are much cheaper but wife is nervous about travelling back on that route.
    Any views to calm or confirm her fears greatly appreciated.

    On another point, our van does not have a fixed bed (the next one WILL HAVE) and we have 2x 25mm matress toppers but they are not doing the job. Looking at getting a good quality 75mm one to try and make the bed comfortable.
    Any suggestions as to which one ? Cost not relevant, good nights sleep is. The van has been ok for short trips but this is the first two week stint and the bed is wearing us down.
     
  2. chaser

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    Don't know what make ours is but it is the same one we use at home so we have the same bed whether at home or in the van(y)(y);)
     
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    Oh sorry on the Calais one , don't think you will have any trouble if theres a queue of lorrys just go past them, but think it's all cleared at the moment.
     
  4. Fenman

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    As said above just drive passed any lorry queues but bear in mind that this is the last weekend in August so the roads will be hellishly crowded with the French going back to their homes after having August off.
    Ferries/tunnel will also be very busy as Brits will be getting back for school.
     
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    Travelled back yesterday, booked on 09.50 ferry but arrived early and straight on 08.40. Well done P&O.

    Lots of publicity about asylum seekers impact on Eurotunnel trains, and we saw a few walking back to their camp on our way from the site we stayed at the night before in Guines to the A26. Mainly in adjacent fields on route back from the Eurotunnel area, but a few who were no bother around the A26 access traffic islands. There was also a Gendarmerie presence at key traffic islands, just observing.

    Plain sailing into the ferry area by road, no queues on the road. When we got to the UK immigration we were through very quickly compared to some others in front of us, probably queued with about 6 vehicles bring processed in about 15 minutes in our line, we took about one minute after satisfying the officer that we had not stopped anywhere and had kept our vehicle locked from the start of our journey. No obvious physical security checks going on here, yet when we used Dunkirk in previous trips the security have always had a look in the vehicle.

    There was a long queue of HGV's in their access areas, but these did not affect the car access lane.

    Note, ignore your Garmin sat nav directions and follow the cars signs, or you will be in the lorry queue with no escape.
     
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  6. Fenman

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    We travelled on the tunnel yesterday morning and were put on a train an hour earlier than booked. No problem with access and as most of us know if you ignore the queue of lorries and keep going to the slip road then it's not a problem.
    But I saw elsewhere that the OP reached the south of England without problem but hasn't mentioned that here.
     
  7. Spawn_e_git

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    Yeah, OP here. Breezed through Thursday last week. Ferry was delayed but that was due to weather I believe.
     
  8. martin2603

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    The Migrants are creatures of habit, they do not exit their pits until late. Catch an early ferry !
     
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