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Thiepval Memorial Restoration (Somme)

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EUROTUNNEL (delays due to disturbances at Calais terminal)

20 August 2015   
Every one of our clients travelling to France these past weeks have managed to cross on the day of their intended travel, though some have incurred delays of up to 4 hours (though most have incurred minimum delays as Eurotunnel prioritise day crossing in favour of car passengers).  Our general advice to clients who have booked a tour is to check Foreign Office
advice nearer the time, as well as checking the Eurotunnel website for up to date travel advice (most important of all).  It may also be helpful to familiarise yourself with the alternative routes to the Folkestone Eurotunnel terminal should the M20 motorway be closed from Junction 8 (or even further back) when Operation Stack is put in to action (see below).  It may be helpful to check in two hours ahead of your scheduled crossing (but not more than two hours as advised by Eurotunnel) but again subject to the advice promulgated by Eurotunnel nearer the time.

In addition to the ongoing threat of terrorism, the Foreign Office advice  service draws attention to any industrial action which may be taking place in and around Calais and how such action may or may not disrupt cross Channel traffic, as well as reinforcing the need for drivers to exercise caution having regards to the ongoing attempts by persons seeking to illegally gain entry to the UK.  The Foreign Office advice with regards to cross Channel ferries and Eurotunnel is to check with your cross Channel provider’s website nearer the time of your travel.

If Operation Stack is in force (using the southbound M20 motorway as a holding area for freight vehicles) then this usually extends westwards to Junction 8 of the M20.  It would therefore be advisable to familiarise yourself with alternative routes to the Eurotunnel terminal at Junction 11A.  For the time being Eurotunnel are advising car drivers (only) to approach their terminal by joining the M20 at Junction 11 by way of the A20 where they will be then be directed to drive the short distance east along the M20 to the dedicated Eurotunnel exit at Junction 11A.

Thiepval Restoration Project

For nearly a century the Thiepval Memorial has stood as a silent witness to the sacrifice of those killed on the Somme in the First World War. Over that time, it has required constant care to ensure that it remains a fitting a tribute to the fallen.

In June 2015, the CWGC will begin one of the most important projects undertaken by the organisation, as they address a number of issues with the memorial ahead of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in 2016.

Click here to find out more as access to the memorial may be limited at certain times.

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