Port strike off for fleeing Britons

29 March 2013 10:29

P&O Ferries feared Good Friday travel disruption but the port strike has been called off

P&O Ferries feared Good Friday travel disruption but the port strike has been called off

Britons fed up with the prolonged winter weather were celebrating today, as a postponed French ferry strike meant their Easter getaway would go ahead. A 24-hour stoppage by French port control officers would have resulted in disruption at ports such as Calais, Dieppe and Cherbourg.

With 1.7 million Britons planning to escape one of the coldest March months on record, fears had grown that Good Friday would see traffic build-ups on routes to the port of Dover in Kent. P&O Ferries had also warned its passengers to expect long delays. However, many were back to arranging their travel insurance and stocking up on euros this morning as a welcome breakthrough was made at 2am, with the strike called off after successful late night talks.

P&O Ferries spokesman Chris Laming said: "This is excellent news for British holidaymakers." Many of those Britons now able to travel freely by cross-Channel ferries have snapped up last-minute offers to escape the weather at home. Popular hotspots this Easter include the Canary Islands, Majorca, Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey.

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