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Eurotunnel strike threat over Bank Holiday
August 25th, 2011 by elisa

French Eurotunnel employees are threatening to strike this bank holiday weekend. Their unions are demanding an 8% pay rise or will call a stoppage to working.

Eurotunnel is putting emergency plans into place to cope with threatened action; the cross channel rail link has suspended sales of tickets for the bank holiday period, over 25,000 vehicles, carrying around 100,000 people, are expected to use the service over the three days.

Eurotunnel says it hopes to rely on its British drivers to run services as usual, but has suspended extra ticket sales to ease the situation.

For those wanting to avoid the Eurotunnel problems, SeaFrance and DFDS Seaways (formerly Norfolkline) have both issued statements urging people to book with them as early as possible because capacity is already tight. SeaFrance Dover-Calais Ferries will be operating an additional 16 crossings for both car and freight traffic due to a huge surge in demand.

Customers travelling by ferry are advised to use the M2/A2 route to the Port of Dover to avoid potential delays as a result of the Eurotunnel strike.

 


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