French Eurotunnel workers are threatening to strike over this Bank Holiday Weekend over an 8% pay rise. The cross channel rail link has already suspended ticket sales in case the strike goes ahead.
Eurotunnel says there is a possibility that French drivers will not turn up for work to operate the service from Calais to Folkstone so it’s no longer taking bookings for the journeys on Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday.
More than 25,500 vehicles, carrying 100,000 people are booked to travel on the service from France to England over the course of the three-day weekend. Between 12,000 and 15,000 British holidaymakers and French returning home for the weekend will be going the other way, escaping to France for some holiday sunshine.
A spokesman for Eurotunnel said it was also looking at the possibility of sending British staff to man the terminal in France if necessary, to lessen disruption.
Meanwhile, SeaFrance and DFDS Seaways have both said anyone wishing to avoid the strike should book with them as soon as possible, as bookings are already tight. SeaFrance advises customers should use the M2/A2 roads to Dover to avoid possible delays as a result of the Eurotunnel strike.