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Old 16.07.2015, 12:50
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Operation Stack

I am driving back to Switzerland on Saturday via Eurotunnel.


I have just heard the depressing news that Operation Stack is back in place on the M20, which means that the coastbound motorway is closed between junctions 8 and 10.


Has anyone got any experience of getting to the channel tunnel with Operation Stack in place?


Should I go down the M20 and follow the diversion onto minor roads? If yes, how much extra time do I need to allow?


Or should I go down the M2 and double back onto the M20 near Canterbury?


Or has anyone got a better suggested route?


Any tips gratefully received.
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Old 16.07.2015, 13:07
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Re: Operation Stack

From Highway England's website:

"On the M20 at junction 7, tourist traffic may exit the M20 early and join the A249 northbound towards the M2, to then join the M2 coastbound onto the A2. Continue on the A2 towards the coast, past Canterbury, on to Dover."

http://www.highways.gov.uk/news/breaking-news/

And from Eurotunnel yesterday:

Operation Stack is in place on the M20 between junctions 8 & 9 coast-bound. All non HGV traffic will be diverted via the A20.

http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/traveller-info/latest/

With any luck (not that there's seems to have been much lately for cross-Channel travellers) it will be clear by Saturday.

Bon voyage.
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Old 16.07.2015, 13:23
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Re: Operation Stack

https://youtu.be/ErwlKvhPQkE

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Old 23.07.2015, 21:15
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Re: Operation Stack

Operation Stack is yet again up and running.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-33637756

If going to/from the UK this weekend be prepared for possible delays.
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Old 24.07.2015, 11:13
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Re: Operation Stack

Go via Dunkirk & Dover. It is 2 hour crossing, but you can eat a meal and relax on board. http://www.dfdsseaways.eu/ferries/cr...A&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 24.07.2015, 13:40
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Re: Operation Stack

Latest.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-33649334

Ferries are being delayed at Calais too as the strikers are occupying two ferries so two of the docking berths are unavailable for us.

I know what to do - call in the armies and clear the lot out. It's past time that more aggressive action was taken. I'm surprised that more French lorry drivers haven't been making a stink over this, it must affect them as much as UK ones.
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Old 24.07.2015, 14:04
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Re: Operation Stack

I have seen reports here in the UK that if drivers try to take short cuts to bypass the official routes they will be sent back and are likely to end up at the back of the queue.

This was specifically with reference to lorries but could easily apply to cars as well. There is increasing pressure from villages on the smaller roads in the area as Operation Stack has been implemented more frequently recently
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Old 25.07.2015, 16:00
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Re: Operation Stack

Today's news:

"Eurotunnel has warned passengers they face long delays after what it described as "migrant activity".

The operator said there were delays in Kent of 30 minutes before check-in and 60 minutes on site at the terminal. Services from Calais are on schedule.

P&O Ferries said services from Dover and Calais were running with delays of between 50 minutes and two hours

DFDS Seaways warned of delays of up to 20 minutes to its Dover to Calais service and 40 minutes to its Dover to Dunkirk service. The company recommended allowing extra time to pass passport and check-in controls

Eurostar services are running on time

Lorries have now been parked on the motorway for a total of 19 days over the past three months."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-33662489
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Old 26.07.2015, 11:00
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Re: Operation Stack

Geting back to normal - but for how long I wonder?

Eurotunnel says there is a waiting time of 30 minutes on the terminal because of the high volume of traffic there

P&O Ferries says, which earlier had delays, says services from Dover and Calais are running on time, with limited space available

DFDS Seaways earlier warned of delays but says all services are now operating on time

Eurostar services are running on time

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33666787
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Old 26.07.2015, 18:46
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Re: Operation Stack

Operation Stack lifted, but DFDS have suspended sailings between Calais and Dover.

"Operation Stack, which closed parts of the M20 to cars for several days, has been lifted, Kent Police have said.

Eurotunnel services have now returned to normal after the backlog was cleared following disruption caused by migrants.

DFDS Seaways, however, has suspended services between Dover and Calais due to disruption at the French port.

Cross-Channel issues remain for DFDS customers as the ferry operator has suspended crossings between Dover and Calais until further notice, stating there is currently "no access" to the French port.

A DFDS spokesman said customers travelling to France are asked to check in as normal to be transferred to a Dover to Dunkirk service.

Those sailing to the UK from France are advised to travel to Dunkirk, where they will be placed on the next available ferry.

The statement added: "We are working hard with the parties involved to gain access to the port of Calais as soon as possible."

P&O ferries said services had not been affected and were running as usual."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-33669561

http://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/custome...travel-updates
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Old 27.07.2015, 20:11
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Re: Operation Stack

The Highways Agency have just announced that setting up a contraflow on the M20 to ease congestion would be a 'significant and unacceptable risk to the safety of road users and anyone required to work within it'.

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Old 28.07.2015, 13:30
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Re: Operation Stack

And back to disruption AGAIN!

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-33685469

Why do I have the feeling that if Mrs Thatcher were still PM the army would have been sent in long ago.

Is this getting any coverage in the French newspapers? Seems like the French can't be bothered to do anything about it.

EEEK! Copied the wrong link in. Sorry.

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And back to disruption AGAIN!

"Parking" dispute - what happens next?

Why do I have the feeling that if Mrs Thatcher were still PM the army would have been sent in long ago.

Is this getting any coverage in the French newspapers? Seems like the French can't be bothered to do anything about it.
Maybe I'm missing something but what does your parking dispute have to do with operation stack?
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Old 28.07.2015, 14:07
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Re: Operation Stack

Ramble on down to Lydd and take the Bristol Freighter to Le Touquet.

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Old 28.07.2015, 14:15
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Ramble on down to Lydd and take the Bristol Freighter to Le Touquet.
I would love to see Lydd making more from the cross-channel problems and closure of Manston Airport
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Ramble on down to Lydd and take the Bristol Freighter to Le Touquet.

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I did that once as a kid. A Bristol Superfreighter - just three cars I seem to remember. And not much height gain so the view was terrific. Bloody noisy though.

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Old 28.07.2015, 15:56
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Re: Operation Stack

Closures yet again

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/201...sures-in-kent/
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Re: Operation Stack

No problems at all at the moment according to first hand reports from friends travelling over the past couple of days in both direction.
Let's hope it lasts and there will be no more disruptions.
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Why do I have the feeling that if Mrs Thatcher were still PM the army would have been sent in long ago.
Even Thatch would have hesitated before invading France.
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