Eurotunnel: all clear for Christmas – Lyon ‘Operation Escargot’

Last updated 18:00 GMT.

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CHANNEL DELAYS: P&O Dover-Calais, 40min delays C-D 18:40 and D-C 20:05 operational reasons. DFDS Dover-Calais 30mins, port movements.

Condor Ferries high speed sailings cancelled on Monday and services rescheduled 21-23 December due to weather.

WEATHER ALERTS: Amber alert high winds Ireland, ‘coastal events’ Spain, heavy rain/flooding Var, south east France and ice Czech Republic.

WEATHER: Windy in the North and South West. Fog Germany and north Italy. Alpine snow. Sunshine Greece.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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EUROTUNNEL: ALL CLEAR FOR CHRISTMAS.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle: all clear for Christmas

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle: all clear for Christmas

Eurotunnel services are expected to run smoothly over the holiday period.

Delays due to technical problem in the latter half of this week, particularly overnight, had led to fears the service would be disrupted over the all-important Christmas getaway weekend.

However, a spokesperson for Eurotunnel told @DriveEurope today that the problem has been solved and that trains will run as normal over Christmas and New Year: “one hundred percent”.

A cracked rail saw single track running on Wednesday and Thursday evenings leading to delays, particularly for freight traffic.

The rail was fixed temporarily overnight Wednesday and permanently last night.

At the time of writing passenger trains were back on schedule, and freight services from France. Freight services from the UK are steadily returning to normal.

Postscript 27 December: it didn’t quite work out that way, Eurotunnel was hit by seemingly every kind of delay over the pre-Christmas weekend. To be fair, the cracked rail didn’t recur and things would have been much better without extra traffic from the weather-delayed ferries. But spare a thought for the truckers still facing hours long waits late on Christmas Eve. However, Eurotunnel gets a lot of credit for being the only cross Channel operator running none stop over Christmas and New Year, 24 hours a day.

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Random: The Forth Road Bridge over the Firth of Forth in east central Scotland, connecting Edinburgh and Fife.

Random: The Forth Road Bridge – over the Firth of Forth in east central Scotland connecting Edinburgh and Fife – at full moon on 17 December. Keep up to date with conditions on the bridge via @ForthRoadBridge (h/t @AlisonsDiary).

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FRANCE: an ‘Operation Escargot’ go-slow on the major roads around Lyon is planned for tomorrow, destined to hit drivers heading for the Alps. ‘Les Routiers du Collectif Rhones-Alpes’, the truck association in the south east of France, will start the procession at 7am at the toll of Saint Maurice de Beynost on the A42. They drive out of Lyon to the A432 bypass then head southbound to the A43. The operation ends at 13:00 at the toll St Quentin Fallavier on the A43 eastbound. ‘Escargot’ are an increasingly popular form of protest. Striking driving instructors staged a go-slow around Cannes and Nice this morning while employees from a bankrupt haulier held a go-slow in southern Paris.

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