Department for Transport releases Calais driving advice

Eurotunnel demands more money for security

The Government has issued advice to those passing through Calais as the migrant crisis continues.

Passengers planning to travel through Calais are advised to check online with their travel operator due to ongoing disruption at the Eurotunnel.

Due to the extent of the migrant crisis, travellers have been advised to consider alternative routes when both leaving the UK and returning.

The Government is working closely with the French government in attempt to ensure the urgent return of normal service. There has also been an increase in security and Border Force presence at the port.

Border Force has put contingency plans into operation to ensure that the highest level of security is maintained during this period of disruption to services.

In addition, the Government has also agreed to provide an extra £7 million towards increasing security at the Channel Tunnel railhead at Coquelles and has installed new fencing in Calais to enhance security.

Travellers heading through Calais are also advised to listen to local radio announcements for the latest travel updates, to ensure that they are to speed with any changes to the situation.

Another way of keeping up to date is to follow @LeShuttle for the Eurotunnel and @DFDSUKUpdates for the ferries on Twitter, as these accounts will be posting all the latest updates as they happen.

More than 39,000 attempts to cross the Channel illegally were prevented in 2014-2015 – more than twice that of the previous year.

Further information is available on the Government's website.

Author: Harry Boucher