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Re: Driving to/from UK: Routes, advice, discussion

Whew, haven't updated this thread for a while, but here's what we found when travelling back to the UK in March.

Diesel was 1.235 in Pontalier at both the Profil+ (Siligom) and LeClerc stations going out and 1.195 at both coming back. On the motorways prices for diesel ranged from 1.38 up to 1.49 outward, 1.35 to 1.39 returning. Total station off Junction 3 at Calais was 1.25 out, 1.229 return.

Tolls: Dole/Reims out and return 38.20 euros, Reims/Calais out and return 66.80 euros. Dole/Reims is strange because APRR's website says 28.60 for a one-way.
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Re: Driving to/from UK: Routes, advice, discussion

I drove through Luxembourg a few weeks ago and diesel was 0.98 / litre
I'm doing that route more and more these days as the tolls in the van are 150 each way from Poligny - Calais. The route takes about 3 hours longer but at a steady speed of between 90 and 110kmh I find I use less fuel, save on the price of fuel and avoid the extortionate French tolls
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Re: Driving to/from UK: Routes, advice, discussion

From a trip in September:

Diesel was 1.198 at the Profil+ (Siligom) and 1.188 at LeClerc stations going out and 1.218 at LeClerc coming back. On the motorways prices for diesel ranged from 1.34 up to 1.41 outward, 1.38 to 1.45 returning. Total station off Junction 3 at Calais was 1.24 out, 1.273 return.
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Re: Driving to/from UK: Routes, advice, discussion

Geeze, haven't done this for a while.

Diesel was 1.449 at the Profil+ (Siligom) and 1.448 at LeClerc stations going out and 1.457 at LeClerc, 1.467 at Profil+ coming back. On the motorways prices for diesel ranged from 1.594 up to 1.70 outward, 1.60 to 1.73 returning. Total station off Junction 3 at Calais was 1.487 out, 1.494 return.

Don't know if it's still the case, but the M20 towards London was mostly roadworks the entire journey up to the M25 so may need to leave a bit more time to get where you're going if they're still in operation.
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Don't know if it's still the case, but the M20 towards London was mostly roadworks the entire journey up to the M25 so may need to leave a bit more time to get where you're going if they're still in operation.
Road works on the M20 will be there until 2020...they are upgrading it to a smart motorway
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Re: Driving to/from UK: Routes, advice, discussion

Just a heads up - French Customs agents are taking work to rule action at Calais and Dunkirk causing tailbacks of lorries for several kms/miles. Not sure how much ordinary cars are being affected by this.

https://www.bbc.com/news/47454150
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Anyone heard anything further about all this? The work to rule is still going on. I've got a crossing planned in less than two weeks and my ferry sailing keeps getting moved back. Got a query in with DFDS about why, but wondering if anyone here has heard anything or travelled through recently. Both DFDS and P&O websites are suspiciously quiet and there hasn't been any news coverage either which surprises me since lorries are backed up for kilometres.
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Anyone heard anything further about all this? The work to rule is still going on. I've got a crossing planned in less than two weeks and my ferry sailing keeps getting moved back. Got a query in with DFDS about why, but wondering if anyone here has heard anything or travelled through recently. Both DFDS and P&O websites are suspiciously quiet and there hasn't been any news coverage either which surprises me since lorries are backed up for kilometres.
Are you going via Dover? I've got a friend who works for Border Force down there and I've sent him a message to get an update. Will let you know.
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Re: Driving to/from UK: Routes, advice, discussion

Thanks Sandgrounder. Yes, Calais to Dover on the 23rd then back the other way on the 12th April. Just don't want to be too late crossing the Channel because we have a plane to catch the next morning.
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Are you going via Dover? I've got a friend who works for Border Force down there and I've sent him a message to get an update. Will let you know.
He says as he works in Dover he's not 100% what's happening in Calais but advises leaving plenty of time. Apparently when it all goes to the wall, you get loaded on the next available ferry anyway, which is another reason for turning up in good time.

He's got a colleague on the Calais side so he's asking her for input.

The work to rule thing seems to be more of an intermittent thing than ongoing, though, so maybe you'll be lucky.

Will let you know if I get any more updates.
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Re: Driving to/from UK: Routes, advice, discussion

Thanks again Sandgrounder. I just don't know what's going on with DFDS atm. We booked on the 1700, that got pushed back to 1800 a few days ago and now pushed back again to 1830. Problem for us is under the Amend My Booking section the earlier ferry is 1350 so a big gap between that and 1830; also a bit too early probably for us to get there say 90 minutes beforehand unless we leave about 2-3am Saturday morning.
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Re: Driving to/from UK: Routes, advice, discussion

Heard back from DFDS, they say it's a scheduling problem, but not what the cause is. So maybe the work to rule or possibly a ship problem I guess. Anyway have changed the booking to go from Dunkirk at 1600 atm - let's hope they stop mucking me around.

Will still be interested in any news you get Sandgrounder because Dunkirk is also being affected by the work to rule so I understand.
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Heard back from DFDS, they say it's a scheduling problem, but not what the cause is. So maybe the work to rule or possibly a ship problem I guess. Anyway have changed the booking to go from Dunkirk at 1600 atm - let's hope they stop mucking me around.

Will still be interested in any news you get Sandgrounder because Dunkirk is also being affected by the work to rule so I understand.
OK, will see what I can find out.
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Re: Driving to/from UK: Routes, advice, discussion

Okay, this is the train, but still ...

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47602573

Big question is will they stop their action on the 19th March? Or will they continue to be a**holes.
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Re: Driving to/from UK: Routes, advice, discussion

Sandgrounder did your contact in Dover come back with any info? Looking at the DFDS twitter page it seems Dunkirk is sailing as normal and Calais is too, but with their rescheduled sailing times. M20 is being used as a lorry car park again it seems (so much for the disused airport idea).
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Sandgrounder did your contact in Dover come back with any info? Looking at the DFDS twitter page it seems Dunkirk is sailing as normal and Calais is too, but with their rescheduled sailing times. M20 is being used as a lorry car park again it seems (so much for the disused airport idea).
Ah, thanks for the reminder - no, not heard anything from the Calais colleague-of-a-colleague. Will give a nudge...
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