Toyota production halted by Calais blockades
Carmaker Toyota has been forced to stop production at one of its UK factories as a result of strike action by French ferry workers.
The Japanese brand confirmed to the Daily Mail that manufacturing had stopped on its assembly line at its engine factory in Deeside, north Wales, where motors are built for Avensis and Auris models.
The plant has been forced to stop production because of a shortage of parts, which have been held up in the Calais blockade, which is estimated to have cost the UK economy around £1 billion.
The disruption is expected to continue until Sunday. Yesterday, Toyota allowed 70 of the 522 staff at the factory voluntary leave while the production line was shut down.
Toyota's Deeside plant assembles around 440 engines each day, with the majority sent to its car factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire. A small number are also exported to Turkey and South Africa.
The situation has been compounded by scores of illegal immigrants in Calais, who have been using the situation to attempt to board vehicles, causing further disruption at the port.
There has been some reprieve for lorry drivers and other motorists stuck in tailbacks on both sides of the Channel, as the strike was temporarily suspended yesterday. However, there is no sign that this is anything more than a temporary move.
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