Skip to main content
FRANCE - UNIted kingdom

Channel Tunnel traffic recovers from migrants' overnight disruption

Frnech police with a migrant who had climbed into a lorry entering the Channel Tunnel in Calais
Frnech police with a migrant who had climbed into a lorry entering the Channel Tunnel in Calais Reuters/Vincent Kessler

Passenger services through the Channel Tunnel had returned to normal but there were still delays for freight on Saturday morning after about 150 migrants caused serious disruption overnight by trying to enter restricted areas in the French port of Calais.

Advertising

Long queues of cars formed on Friday night as about 150 migrants tried to enter parts of the tunnel, according to Eurotunnel.

They "seek to cross the Channel by any means", a company spokesperson said, adding that the tunnel "suffers from attempted intrusions every night".

The action started at 10.30pm, holding up all traffic until 00.45am as police checked all vehicles.

Thousands of lorries also queued on the road leading to the British port of Dover.

About 3,000 migrants, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, are currently camped out in Calais, hoping to cross into Britain.

Eurotunnel called for "immediate action" by the French authorities, claiming that "not enough is being done to stop the migrants".

On 26 June a man from Ethiopia died trying to jump onto a moving train.

Earlier this week traffic was seriously disrupted by a protest by striking ferry workers.

France and the UK agreed last September to set up a five-million-euro-per-year fund to reinforce security around the port and the tunnel.

Daily news briefReceive essential international news every morning

Page not found

The content you requested does not exist or is not available anymore.