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France ferries: Which services have been cancelled and what are your rights?

France ferries: Which services have been cancelled and what are your rights?

Some ferry services to and from France have been suspended because of industrial action today.

The port of Dover is still open, but ferries to and from Calais have been cancelled. Eurostar has cancelled dozens of trains as a result of the strikes too.

“Please plan ahead, allowing extra time for your journey and follow the traffic management systems that are in place to minimise delays,” a port of Dover statement advises.

P&O said: “We apologise that our sailings today have been affected by national action in France.”

The ferry operator also shared on Twitter: “Due to the lack of details, we cannot anticipate the level of disruption this will have to our optimised schedule, and it is possible that our wider operations could be affected throughout the day.”

DFDS tweeted: “The port of Calais will be closed due to industrial action on Thursday 19 January 0800-1700 CET, all affected customers will be contacted by DFDS with alternative travel arrangements via our Dover-Dunkirk route.”

Read on to find out which ferry services have been cancelled, why the strikes are happening and what passengers’ rights are.

Which ferry services to France have been cancelled?

P&O ferry services between Dover and Calais were cancelled on Thursday morning (19 January), with all routes in both directions affected.

After earlier sharing a reduced schedule, P&O tweeted at 10am: “We regret to inform you that sailings are currently suspended due to a National day of Action in France.”

On Thursday afternoon, P&O’s social media account issued an update. “We hope to sail from Dover at 14.00 UK time this afternoon with our first sailing from Calais at 17.00 CET. As soon as we have further information we will update/confirm these sailing times,” the tweet said.

The Irish Ferries routes cancelled include three from Dover to Calais which were due to depart at 06.55, 09.30 and 11.45. Meanwhile, Calais to Dover routes previously set to depart at 08.05, 10.20, 12.55 and 15.10 have all been cancelled too.

As all ferries from Dover to Dunkirk are still operating as normal; DFDS customers whose Dover to Calais route is cancelled will be contacted and offered alternative routes to Dunkirk instead.

A DFDS spokesperson told The Independent: “The strike in Calais means we are not operating freight to and from Calais today. Instead, freight…

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