Delays feared amid Channel Tunnel strike threat

Eurotunnel trains in Folkestone, Kent
Image caption Eurotunnel said it was taking steps to minimise any disruption

Motorists are being warned to expect delays over the bank holiday weekend because of a possible strike by French Eurotunnel workers.

Police said delays were expected in Dover as extra traffic would be using ferries to avoid the Channel Tunnel.

French unions are demanding an 8% pay rise and are threatening to strike from Saturday, according to Eurotunnel.

On Wednesday it stopped taking bookings for its Calais to Folkestone service for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

But the company said it hoped to run a full service over the weekend.

A Eurotunnel spokesman said they were taking steps to minimise any disruption.

SeaFrance said it would be operating an extra 16 crossings for car and freight over the bank holiday break following increased demand.

'Delays and congestion'

Kent Police said extra patrols would be deployed to monitor the traffic situation but it did not expect to implement Operation Stack - where traffic is parked on the M20.

Ch Insp Andy Reeves added: "Motorists planning on using Kent's roads over the bank holiday weekend are advised to check the latest travel information and to leave extra time before departing on their journeys.

"We anticipate delays and congestion could be heavy particularly for people wanting to travel into the UK via the ports and tunnel as UK residents return at the end of their summer holidays.

"We recommend motorists check operators' websites and tune in to the latest travel information in France.

"We will be working with our partners to closely monitor and assess the traffic situation throughout the weekend, and will act promptly if congestion and delays in the county are anticipated."

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