Going to France?General Strike End May 2008

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  1. ourcampersbeentrashed

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    Hi All

    In case you havent heard theres a general strike coming up in France. Sorry dont know all the details, but OPERATION STACK is being put into force on UK Motorways etc in preparation for problems with ferry crossings.

    Operation Stack is where large lorries, motorhomes etc end up sitting on the hard shoulder for hours and sometimes days.

    If you are travelling abroad over the next few weeks by ferry, check before you go
     
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    Great! We're sailing on 9th June.

    The Sea France website is carrying the following message (although this seems to be a different French strike...):

    "SeaFrance regrets to inform you that due to a blockade of all ferry ports by French fishermen, crossings will be suspended on Wednesday 21 May. For more information please telephone 0871 22 22 500."

    ourcampersbeentrashed - where did you hear about this? The KentNews website reports that "Operation Stack may be put in place tomorrow (Wednesday May 21) in the run-up to the bank holiday weekend as a result of industrial action in France and Belgium" so hopefully this will be short lived - although that's cold-comfort fo folk travelling in the next few days.
     
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    I heard about it this morning on capital radio travel news xxxx
     
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    eurotunnel affected?

    hi all - am going down to Folkestone to catch Eurotunnel this Sat anybody know if this operation Stack affects Eurotunnel or is it just the ports?:RollEyes:
     
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    worky - that KentNews website says:

    "All ferry services from Dover have been suspended because of the industrial action. But Eurotunnel passenger and freight services are running, police said."

    Also found this advice here:

    "Operation Stack:
    Ever heard about Kent police putting Operation Stack into action? Well we heard about it several times and recently it was the day we were due to go to France on a 24 hour trip. But could we find any info about Operation Stack? No chance. We could find the occasional reference to it, but nowhere could we find what we needed to know - namely, if the M20 is closed at junction 11, then how the heck do you get to Eurotunnel?

    Well now you can benefit from our experience - Come off the M20 at junction 10 and follow the A20 through Sellindge, either rejoining the M20 at junction 11, or continuing along the A20 to the next junction of the motorway where there is a back road into the terminal. It may not save much time, but when Operation Stack gets serious the motorway can clog up well back towards Ashford.

    Of course you do have other options - depending on the reason for Operation Stack - for example, our problem was industrial action at the Calais ferry terminal, so Eurotunnel and Speed Ferries were un-affected. Surprisingly considering the problems Eurotunnel still had good availability and we were able to book our crossing with just 36 hours notice."

    Good luck :thumb:
     
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    We are booked on the tunnel tomorrow night, so fingers crossed we have no delays. Just finished loading the M/H so we are all set.
    Hope to see some of you at Stratford.

    Andy
     
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    Hi all,
    WORKY eurotunnel is not affected.
    You'll just have to divert around op/stack to get to the terminal. :thumb:

    ANDYMAN
    You'll be fine....enjoy :thumb:


    regards...nige
     
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    hi - thanks Highwayman and Ricwig for the info, fingers crossed they'll call it off for the holiday weekend
     
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    Good Luck and hope your journey is smooth


    xxxx
     
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