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Old 19.10.2015, 15:14
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Re: Calais

Another incursion causing delays to the Chunnel.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-34569227

Anyone travelling to UK over the autumn break period, be prepared to face delays if this continues.
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Old 19.10.2015, 16:22
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Re: Calais

I was thinking of driving to the UK over the Christmas break, most probably with a Ferry. Ideally we'd be crossing early afternoon (it would appear that the tunnel breakins happen at night time). Does anyone know what kind of issues we would face? I thought that we can just follow the autoroute pretty much straight into the port?

Searching around I'm not able to find any real advice. UK government sites say check with the ferry operators for their updates. And checking these sites they appear just to have current delays due to things like bad weather.
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Old 19.10.2015, 16:55
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We went over mid September, stopped overnight in Calais and got the 9am DFDS ferry. We saw a total of 1 migrant. Admittedly it was early morning, but I think most of the attempts are being made at night and at the train terminal rather than the ferry port at the moment. Security has been stepped up a lot, we saw 2 police cars waiting at strategic points on the way to the port.

That said, all you can do is decide whether to go or not and if you do check on the ferry company's travel news page for the latest info. But it will not cover more than a few hours back in time. Alternatively try going from Dunkirk, though I think that also has migrant problems, or other routes such as Dieppe to Newhaven or LeHarve to Southampton.

We did the Christmas thing a few years back and had no trouble with the ferries either way, but the weather coming back was atrocious - heavy snow from just past Reims all the way down to Geneva and across to Fribourg. We made it, but arrived around 11pm instead of our normal 7pmish time.
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Re: Calais

News from Calais http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34594790
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Old 09.12.2015, 00:05
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Re: Calais

I've just seen this video, and am now getting concerned about our drive through Calais next week!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35037064

Are things really that bad on the roads around there?
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Old 09.12.2015, 00:18
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Re: Calais

Last month the French police broke up the camps at Calais, so the situation is now different. Just keep the car doors locked and don't drive into nor kill anyone.

dated 11th November 2015 . http://www.france24.com/en/20151111-clashes-escalate-between-police-migrants-calais-camp
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Re: Calais

Then again, maybe you should be worried!

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35047731
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I've just seen this video, and am now getting concerned about our drive through Calais next week!

Are things really that bad on the roads around there?
You may want to watch some Mad Max movies to get an idea of what driving through Calais is like and how you should armour your vehicle.
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Old 19.12.2015, 00:17
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Re: Calais

Back in the UK now and survived the trip through Calais. We arrived there about 11:30am. I was amazed to see how close to the road "the jungle" had come. There were a number of police along the fence in full riot gear guarding holes in the fences, while some guys were repairing them. But were no "migrants" visible, and the drive in went smoothly.
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Old 19.12.2015, 01:41
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Re: Calais

Came through the tunnel heading to England mid-morning this morning - not a single refugee to be seen. Trains on time and nearly empty...
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Old 19.12.2015, 09:59
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Re: Calais

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The A16 was shut for an hour both ways, France3 has reported, as the CRS tried to move on between 800 and 1000 migrants who had congregated there to block traffic.
“Approaching the tunnel, many migrants have tried by all means to slow traffic to board trucks, blocking roads and by removing metal grids,” the prefecture of Pas-de-Calais said.
“It is a phenomenon encountered during the days of heavy traffic (especially mid-week and some weekends) in the run-Channel devices. The migrants try to slow traffic to break into the trucks heading to Britain,” he added.
In a now-familiar scene, police deployed tear gas at the migrants, who responded by hurling projectiles.
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015..._medium=social
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Re: Calais

Spent Thursday night in Calais and 9.50 Tunnel crossing- not a sign of any migrants anywhere- made us wonder what had happened to all the ones we saw in October.
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Re: Calais

Ditto Odile's message really - stayed in Calais last night, rocked up for the 9.50 train (at around 8.45 so we could sort the Rufus Hound) and despite there being signs everywhere apologising for 30 minute delays due to essential maintenance work we were on and ready to go by around 10.10.


Not a migrant in sight. We saw one lonely soldier in green high up on one of the embankments, that was it.


The M25, however, was another story entirely...
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Re: Calais

The latest measure by Eurotunnel to deter migrants is flooding land around the tunnel entrance. As the Mediterranean hasn't deterred them, I doubt if this will put them off

http://www.thelocal.fr/20160113/euro...-refugees-away
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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/633...rocks-violence

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Re: Calais

the jungle is getting cleared. Not everybody likes it.
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Good. If they're seeking asylum they can claim it in France. If they want to move to the UK then they're welcome to send a CV first.
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Old 19.01.2016, 19:01
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You realise, I guess, that as soon as they obtain citizenship in any EU country they can travel wherever they wish
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You realise, I guess, that as soon as they obtain citizenship in any EU country they can travel wherever they wish
Assuming the UK is still part of the EU in 5, 10 or however many years it'll take them to get citizenship. Frankly, I don't see the EU itself lasting that long if they don't get a firm grip on the migration problem. There's no way Joe Public is going to put up with another 1 mil plus coming into the area next year.
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You realise, I guess, that as soon as they obtain citizenship in any EU country they can travel wherever they wish
1) Asylum status isn't citizenship.
2) I've no problem with migrants entering, so long as they have something to offer.
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