Eurotunnel forced to sell MyFerryLink – MyFerryLink fights on

Last updated 19:30GMT, Friday 9 January.


TODAY: high winds in the Channel delaying Dover-Calais ferries + high winds across the Continent, especially Germany and Poland. Denmark bracing ahead of a ‘double storm’ this weekend with major snow and high winds expected in Latvia. On-going ban of Euro 3 and less trucks from the Mont Blanc tunnel due to pollution in the Arve Valley.

NEWS: hostage situation at Porte de Vincennes, on the peripherique ring road in east Paris now resolved but road still closed and reports one or more terrorists may still be at large. Charlie Hebdo siege at Dammartin en Goele off the N2 near Charles de Gaulle airport north east of Paris also now resolved. The country remains on high alert with a high profile security presence to be expected in public areas. See the latest.

Meanwhile, passengers still advised to leave extra time at French Channel ports due to enhanced security checks. Downing Street has also announced tighter security checks at UK ports ‘for the time being’.


CHANNEL DELAYSDFDS Dover-Calais delay still 2h00. P&O Dover-Calais delay up to 45mins. MyFerryLink previous delay down to 20mins.

Condor Ferries high speed UK-Channel Islands service cancelled, weather, alternative conventional sailing available + reschedule. Tomorrow’s Brittany Ferries 08:30 Poole-Cherbourg delay until 10:00.

WEATHER ALERT: red alert high winds GermanyPoland coast, Slovakia + amber alert high winds Scotland, Ireland, Holland coast, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia + snow/ice Serbia + dense fog north Portugal.

WEATHER: severe gales North, fair South.


MONT BLANC TUNNEL: ‘traffic is fluent’.

MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS: E05 peripherique east central Paris, earlier incident Porte de Vincennes, road closed by police. N230 ring east Bordeaux anticlock lane closed delay still 1h15.  

A5 northbound to Karlsruhe, lanes closed Achern delay increased to 2h00.

Earlier: now no delay N104 ring south Paris, A29 eastbound to Amiens, A1 northbound into Lille, R0 ring south west Brussels, A58 eastbound into Eindhoven, A40 eastbound from Essen. R0 ring south Brussels clockwise accident Waterloo delay down to 20mins. A63 northbound to Mainz, high winds Alzey, delay down to 10mins. A61 southbound to Ludwigshafen, high winds Alzey delay down to 35mins.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.


Eurotunnel-backed Dover-Calais operator MyFerryLink finds out its fate at 10:30 this morning when the Competition Appeals Tribunal publishes its (latest) decision.

The Competition Appeals Tribunal confirmed this morning that the Eurotunnel-backed ferry operator MyFerryLink must withdraw from the Dover-Calais route within six months. Eurotunnel now says it will sell the firm and is reportedly confident of finding a buyer. Update: MyFerryLink has said it will appeal the judgement. Photo @MyFerryLink


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