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Andrew Castle

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Major disruption is expected in Kent’s ports on Monday morning after France banned all British arrivals via the port of Dover and the Eurotunnel

The two major ports announced closings on Sunday evening after France imposed travel restrictions on the UK due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus strain

The Folkestone Eurotunnel closed for at least 48 hours on Sunday evening at 11:00 p.m. The last shuttle left the UK for France at 9:34 p.m.

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After French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari confirmed that the country stopped all traffic from the UK for at least 48 hours at midnight

A tweet from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle states: “URGENT: The UK-France border closes this evening at 23:00 GMT Last shuttle UK-FR is 21:34 GMT, please check in on time

URGENT: The UK-France border closes at 23:00 GMT tonight. Last shuttle UK-FR is 21:34 GMT, please check in on time.Access to the UK website is prohibited after 22:00 GMT Most bookings with MyEurotunnel: https: // tco / J4wvRBWE64 Request cancellation / refund: https: // tco / yYTXGiCH4s BildTwittercom / 7qzqEgfQ2A

Nations across Europe – including Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria – have suspended their flights from the UK to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus mutation that is spreading through London and the Southeast England

In an amazing move on Sunday evening, Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps said people – and freight forwarders in particular – should avoid traveling to the ports of Kent

He said on Twitter: “Following the announcement by the French government that it will not accept passengers from the UK for the next 48 hours, we are asking the public &, especially freight forwarders, not to travel to the ports of Kent or any other route into France”

“My department is urgently working with Highways England and Kent Council on emergency response measures to minimize traffic disruption in the area. We will provide more details on this shortly”

My department is urgently working with Highways England and Kent Council on emergency response measures to minimize traffic disruption in the area, we will provide more details on this shortly 2/2

Huw Merriman, chairman of the Transport Select Committee, said the situation on the border with France was “very alarming”

The Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle in East Sussex tweeted, “This is very alarming Christmas supplies are already in the country so don’t panic, but it is important that we find a way before transportation and ports are complete be blocked

In a later post on Twitter, Eurotunnel said, “For all passengers traveling to the UK, it is important that you check the UK travel and accommodation rules before you travel

Following the announcement by the French government that the border with Great Britain will close at midnight tonight, we can only be able to do so from Jan. until 22 December trains run from Paris to London: https: // tco / j83tSSSVIC

The Port of Dover said on its website: “Both accompanied cargo and passenger customers are requested not to travel to the port. We understand that the restrictions apply for 48 hours from midnight (CET)

“We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide an update as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Please contact your ferry company for information on shipping the ferry

Eurostar later tweeted: “Following the announcement by the French government that the border with Great Britain will close at midnight tonight, we can only be able to do so from Jan. until 22 December Trains from Paris to London run “

On his website, he added: “Following the announcement by the French and Belgian governments that the border with Great Britain will open on Sunday 20th December, closes at midnight, we cannot run trains from London to Paris, Brussels, Lille or Amsterdam either on Monday the 21st December or Tuesday the 22nd December

“We cannot run trains from Amsterdam, Brussels and Lille to London on these dates either. We can confirm that our trains will continue to run from Paris to London

“We plan to close all of our train services to and from the UK on Wednesday the 23rd December to resume

“We are awaiting further details from the governments responsible for enforcing travel restrictions and will continue to update our website as more information becomes available”

Ian Wright, CEO of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), responded to the suspension of escorted freight from Great Britain to France on Sunday evening: “Today’s end of escorted freight from Great Britain to France can cause serious disruption after the UK Christmas freshness Food Supply Add Exports of UK Food and Beverage

“Continental truckers won’t want to travel here if they’re really afraid of getting stranded. The government urgently needs to convince the French government to exempt escorted cargo from their ban ‘”

Andrew Opie of the British Retail Consortium said: “The closure of France to UK traffic, including escorted cargo, is creating difficulties for the UK’s capacity to import and export essential goods during the busy Christmas season

“While goods can enter from France, few freight forwarders will be willing to send trucks and drivers to the UK with no guarantee that they can get back to the EU on time

“This is an important supply route for fresh products at this time of year: At peak times, for example before Christmas, 10 run daily at the canal crossings000 trucks passed

“We urge the UK Government and the EU to come up with a pragmatic solution as soon as possible to avoid disruptions for consumers

“Retailers stocked up on goods before Christmas to avoid immediate problems, however, prolonged closure of the French border would be an issue as the UK in the last few weeks before the end of the transition on Dec. December entry “

“We expect significant disruption in Kent following the announcement by the French government as of Sunday May 20th December, after 23:00, no passengers from the UK for the next 48 hours, “said a government spokesman

“For this reason, we urge everyone – including all freight forwarders – not to travel to the ports of Kent until further notice

“We are working closely with the Kent Resilience Forum, Kent Council and Highways England to ensure that urgent emergency action is taken to address disruptions The Prime Minister will chair a Cobra meeting tomorrow to discuss the situation “

Eurotunnel, Dover

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Source: https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/uk-france-eurotunnel-border-closing-11pm-sunday-night-coronavirus-strain/