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Postby Dave » 25 Jul 2015 08:34

Our nephew from France has been staying with us for the past three weeks and we're taking him back to Calais today. :D

We went on the ferry to collect him and the cost was a very reasonable £30 return, but when we looked at booking today's crossing it was about £300! :o

The cheapest alternative was Eurotunnel at £170 so we chose that, and we prefer the Tunnel anyway. We've been watching the news about the problems with Eurotunnel hoping that things would have settled down by today, but it seems they're worse - according to BBC News we can expect a three hours delay. It's going to be a very long afternoon and evening! :cry:
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Postby JollyJill » 25 Jul 2015 09:11

Dave wrote:Our nephew from France has been staying with us for the past three weeks and we're taking him back to Calais today. :D

We went on the ferry to collect him and the cost was a very reasonable £30 return, but when we looked at booking today's crossing it was about £300! :o

The cheapest alternative was Eurotunnel at £170 so we chose that, and we prefer the Tunnel anyway. We've been watching the news about the problems with Eurotunnel hoping that things would have settled down by today, but it seems they're worse - according to BBC News we can expect a three hours delay. It's going to be a very long afternoon and evening! :cry:


I thought of you taking your nephew back today when I saw the news last night. The BBC announced that there was a 35 mile stack of lorries in operation on M20 and the surrounding roads are clogged. They said that they didn't expect the situation to ease before Sunday.
Happy days- at least it's not raining today.
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Postby judgegeoff » 25 Jul 2015 12:37

Those of us that live in SW Kent have had to suffer stacking on the M20 for many years now and it can be a real pain, doubling and tripling local travel times. Only last Thursday we had lunched with friends in Ashford and found they were just closing access to the M20 as we tried to join it to drive home. In the past it has largely been due to industrial action of one kind or another at the ports, but now we seem to have problems caused by the illegal immigrants trying to gain access to the tunnel to get to Britain. I wish somebody would sort it all out, it must be costing this Country a small fortune!
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Postby Dave » 25 Jul 2015 13:02

judgegeoff wrote:Those of us that live in SW Kent have had to suffer stacking on the M20 for many years now and it can be a real pain, doubling and tripling local travel times. Only last Thursday we had lunched with friends in Ashford and found they were just closing access to the M20 as we tried to join it to drive home. In the past it has largely been due to industrial action of one kind or another at the ports, but now we seem to have problems caused by the illegal immigrants trying to gain access to the tunnel to get to Britain. I wish somebody would sort it all out, it must be costing this Country a small fortune!

Fred's daily journey home from Sheppey usually takes about 40 minutes. On average, for the last three weeks it's taken her an hour longer to get home!
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Postby judgegeoff » 27 Jul 2015 12:50

How did your trip through the Tunnel go Dave? I hope that you weren't delayed too long.
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Postby Dave » 27 Jul 2015 17:28

judgegeoff wrote:How did your trip through the Tunnel go Dave? I hope that you weren't delayed too long.

Thanks for asking Geoff. :)

We took our nephew to his parents who were waiting at City Europe. It took us nearly four hours longer to get to City Europe than it took us to get back home! :o

The queue on the M20 was horrendous (nearly 3 hours!) and we waited about an hour at the terminal before we were called. On the other hand, there were no queues at all on the French side - we pretty well drove straight onto the train. That was a huge relief! :)
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