Eurotunnel Problems Again

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  1. scousebird

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    For customers travelling today via our UK Terminal
    Our passenger service is currently operating with some timetable disruption, this is due to an incident in the Tunnel which is in the process of being resolved. There is a waiting time of approximately 3 hours on the terminal.
    We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this will cause to your journey.
    For customers travelling today via our French Terminal
    Our passenger service is currently operating with some timetable disruption, this is due to an incident in the Tunnel which is in the process of being resolved. There is a waiting time of approximately 60 minutes on the terminal.
    We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this will cause to your journey.

    This information is also available via our 24 hour (recorded) service information on +44 (0) 8444 63 00 00. (Calls cost up to 7p/min + your phone company's access charge )
    Last update: 07/07/2015 - 09:40 (GMT +1hr)
     
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    A "trespass incident" onto one of the trains according to the news.
     
  3. Judge Mental

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    they dont give up do they:( heard that there was an incident the morning with people in the tunnel. bet the french cant wait for brexit and they will shove the lot this side of the channel...or crossing will take days not hours:coffee:
     
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    I'd have thought it'd be the other way around - the French fear a Brexit - because then our shutters would really come down [probably]
     
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  5. Judge Mental

    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    so how do we eat without trucks (Vision of WW2 ration books)......so a no vote means I cant go to Europe in my van? (even if it takes two days to get back in)
     
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    @Judgemental I was presuming your first post was about migration. Out of the EU we wouldn't have to accept 'free movement' of all EU citizens, nor give them rights to benefits.
    Of course we'd still have our 'obligations' towards political refugees & asylum seekers.
    I believe the EU sells about as much to us as we sell to them, and I'd guess we spend more tourist Euro, then they do £'s.
    So I'd think common self interest would not hinder trade or tourism too much.

    In the long term, if the French don't get a grip on this mess then businesses (and tourists) will eventually decide longer crossings & other routes are just as cost effective, and then Calais will be in real trouble.
     
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    unfortunately the inevitable has happened:
    A migrant has died on a freight shuttle trying to reach Britain, Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel says.
     
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    That's sad but as you said "inevitable".
    Perhaps it might focus minds on doing something but I suspect a big political row with lots of bureaucratic hand-wringing with plenty of lessons to be learned but not much action.

    No doubt this sounds harsh & cold, but I really feel sorry for those held up by the (also inevitable) delays whilst "investigations" are carried out.
    My real sympathies are with the poor sod driving the train.
     
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    my sympathy lie with the boy and his family and driver secondly.

    of topic but maybe of interest: I used to work on London underground, 70% of jumpers used to survive. and end up in a far worse position then before they jumped..missing limbs, no legs..in a wheelchair for life etc....:(

    I also was working at kings cross 10 years ago today. thankfully on night shift so missed the carnage of the day but not the aftemath
     
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    @Judgemental
    I can't "like" that post but I do empathise
     
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    Theoretically that is correct.
    The UK is not self sufficient in food production.
    The UK is already suffering from food shortages due to the trucks being unable to cross freely & stuff contaminated by migrants having to be destroyed, I was reading last night.
     
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    hya they need to fit the trains with cow catchers..and push back to where they or it came from
     
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    That's because DFDS are not being allowed into Calais as they have purchased the myferrylink ships but have said they will only be employing 200 of the 600 staff - that's part of what caused all the problems last week - so an agreement was reached to allow P&O to use Calais again but not DFDS.
     
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    yet they are still selling tickets to calais - whilst all the dunkik ones are sold out
     
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    The irony is, we wanted to take the ferry to Dunkirk, but it was sold out months ago on the date we wanted. So we booked Calais, on the 22nd. Still crossing our fingers that we will actually reach France at all!
     
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    Well the hope is they will be allowed to sail to Calais again soon.
     
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    cant see the dispute going on another two and a half weeks but you never know! We go over on tunnel on 23rd. but flexible if it comes to it.
     
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    We came thro the Chunnel on Sunday, no bother at all. But apart from the French police on the immediate entrance we did not see any security at all. Could Eurotunnel not employ some private security along the line of the Blackwater guys ? The same ones who do security in Iraq etc ? A few of them with baseball bats and big dogs patrolling round would deter the illegals and reassure the law-abiding !!
     
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