M20 moving again after French strike suspended


French ferry workers have suspended a strike action at the port of Calais, which caused a huge queue of lorries on the M20 estimated to have cost the UK at least £250m a day.

Union bosses in France said the strike would remain suspended until at least Tuesday, while the backlog of freight lorries could take 48 hours to clear, P&O has said.

Thousands of lorries had been stuck in 30-mile queues on Kent’s M20 motorway, the main route from the port to London, before finally moving yesterday.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May have been in talks with their French counterparts over the industrial action, which saw the Port of Calais restricting entry to one ferry per hour.

P&O has announced the French port has fully reopened and the ferry operator would move back to its scheduled 25 sailings a day between Dover and Calais.

Transport minister, Robert Goodwill described the disruption as ‘completely unacceptable’ while Damien Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, said it was ‘an absolute disgrace’ the French authorities had failed to take control.

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