P&O Ferries updates as it suspends all services to Calais until Friday with trucks stuck in Dover

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P&O Ferries has suspended all services to Calais until Good Friday with thousands of lorries stranded in Dover causing further chaos for those trying to cross the Channel – as the meat industry demands transporters carrying food costs have priority.

Britain’s busiest port of Dover is being forced to weather a perfect storm of bad weather, pressure on services due to the Easter holiday rush and continuing problems with the service of ferry which laid off its employees.

Some members of the British Meat Processors Association have claimed it takes longer than a day to cross the Channel and there are fears that European customers will do business elsewhere.

The controversial P&O ferry service has suspended the route from Calais to Dover until at least Thursday, he said.

Road closures for hauliers to navigate traffic jams also continued in Kent and the M20 was closed from 10am.

In light of this recent announcement, the Department of Transportation has taken no action to change the way perishables are transported.

P&O Ferries has suspended all services to Calais until Good Friday with thousands of lorries stranded in Dover causing further chaos for those trying to cross the Channel – as the meat industry demands transporters carrying food costs have priority. (M20 from Kent yesterday)

The controversial P&O ferry service has suspended the route from Calais to Dover until at least Thursday, he said.

The controversial P&O ferry service has suspended the route from Calais to Dover until at least Thursday, he said.

Drivers were also told to avoid the M20, A20 and A2 due to a 23-mile queue of trucks yesterday, including over 2,000 trucks, caused by Operation Brock.

Non-freight traffic is advised to use the A20 instead of the M20, while freight traffic exiting J8 from the M20 has been sent to holding areas to await clearance before heading towards the Channel crossings.

Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association, told the BBC: ‘We’re told to expect disruption until next week. With the Easter weekend approaching and a very busy period for the export of fresh meat, it’s really a bad time.

Lockerbie-based Eardley International said this is putting huge pressure on its fresh meat business and could mean it loses £800 per truck.

Drivers have also been told to avoid the M20, A20 and A2 following a 23-mile queue of trucks yesterday, including more than 2,000 trucks, caused by Operation Brock.

Drivers have also been told to avoid the M20, A20 and A2 following a 23-mile queue of trucks yesterday, including more than 2,000 trucks, caused by Operation Brock.

Graham Eardley, company director at Eardley, said: “We are now seeing delays of 20-25 hours across the Channel, and the quality and sale value of this product drops with every hour of delay.”

Danish shipping company DFDS Seaway said it also expected delays today and said: ‘We were expecting a busy day here in Dover today.

“Please allow at least 90 minutes to complete the check-in process and border checks at the port in addition to travel time.”

While P&O has also suspended its Larne and Cairnryan service until Tuesday inclusive. Its pride from Hull to Rotterdam restarts on April 13.

Shane Brennan, chief executive of the Cold Chain Federation, said: “The UK is increasingly notorious for being a hassle to serve, and that’s creating problems for my members who can’t find the carriers to take their business because they don’t ‘I don’t want to risk sitting in traffic on the M20.’

Danish shipping company DFDS Seaway said it also expected delays today and said:

Danish shipping company DFDS Seaway said it also expected delays today and said: ‘We were expecting a busy day here in Dover today. Please allow at least 90 minutes to complete the check-in process and border controls at the port in addition to travel time.

A very busy Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport yesterday as people leave for the Easter holidays

A very busy Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport yesterday as people leave for the Easter holidays

A Department of Transport spokesperson said: “P&O’s unacceptable actions resulted in the grounding of its vessels, causing backlogs and congestion which would be significantly alleviated if its fleet operated normally…”

He is working with the Kent Resilience Forum, the police and regional leaders to help.

Airports, on the other hand, appear less busy today, with travelers at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester all reporting short queues to get through security.

British Airways had previously canceled 84 domestic and European flights so far on Sunday, which had mostly been axed a few weeks earlier due to their reduced schedule, while easyJet has grounded at least 38 flights so far.

An easyJet spokeswoman said: “We will be operating 1,571 flights today, with a small proportion having been canceled in advance to give customers the option of rebooking on alternative flights.” We apologize for any inconvenience to affected customers.

“We will continue to manage higher than usual rates of illness by canceling a small portion of flights in advance over the next few days.”

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