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Message posted by mbarry215 on 11/9/2016 at 5:12pm
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after seeing news footage of gangsters wielding tree branches at drivers around Calais, I wonder whether I should use another port when we cross in october. what is the view of those who have been there?

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At lorry drivers.

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If you cross in daytime and stick to major roads then you will be OK. We crossed to Calais going out and came back via Dunkerque, but driving near Calais. Couldn't see any real; problems.

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1000s use the port every day without problems, the whole area is fenced off now. I must have used it 6 times this yr all ok. If you are that worried then check Stena Line website. Harwich/Hook route has half price offer so car/caravan fare on day crossing probably cheaper than Dover route. From where you are road mileage to southern France little different from Dover. Use offer code AUT1 .

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Portsmouth - Caen for us every time. Suits for west and central France.

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Quote: Originally posted by Rhj296 on 11/9/2016
Portsmouth - Caen for us every time. Suits for west and central France.



Portsmouth-St Malo out, Caen-Portsmouth back for us.

Or for north/eastern/south from Yorkshire, Hull-Zeebrugge. Especially East Yorks. Even if in some parallel universe a traveller wanted to start from Calais, Zeebrugge to there is closer than Yorkshire to Kent!

Ignores price, of course. But avoiding Dover-Calais and back? Priceless.


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i was in calais last week, - stick to daytime travel and be aware and alert, but its fine,

i saw people at the side of the road, but they had no interest in stopping the traffic. maybe different in a truck ?

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Quote: Originally posted by mikegalagher on 12/9/2016
Quote: Originally posted by Rhj296 on 11/9/2016
Portsmouth - Caen for us every time. Suits for west and central France.



Portsmouth-St Malo out, Caen-Portsmouth back for us.

Or for north/eastern/south from Yorkshire, Hull-Zeebrugge. Especially East Yorks. Even if in some parallel universe a traveller wanted to start from Calais, Zeebrugge to there is closer than Yorkshire to Kent!

Ignores price, of course. But avoiding Dover-Calais and back? Priceless.




Same for us. Haven't used Dover-Calais for years. Never will again.

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thanks all. think i'll stick with Calais for now, as were only going to the opal coast. the zeebrugge crossing would be appealing but its just so pricey!

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We just did a Calais crossing in mid August, crossed early morning and it was light when we left the port. Saw no one wandering around. The fencing is massive, goes on for ages along the motorway.
Crossed back two weeks later in the middle of the day via Dunkirk. Again, saw no one as we drove to the port, though there were signs on the motorway as we approached Calais, in French and English 'Caution, people and objects in the road". We saw nothing, though, but maybe it's different in the dark.

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hi
a group i know from ilkeston thats gone fishing for a week, went across this morning without any problems.
Maybe its just UK inbound that the problem raises?


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I think you might be right. There doesn't seem to be any camps of people trying to escape from here.

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Quote: Originally posted by brianconwy on 12/9/2016
I think you might be right. There doesn't seem to be any camps of people trying to escape from here.



well, there are, it's just that we're all dragging our caravans behind us :D

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I went to Calais and back on Saturday using the tunnel. The security fencing is very high all around and in some places topped with razor wire. We did not see any one that should not have been there. On the A16, we saw parked up a french police van with 3 or 4 police on standby.
so for us a trouble free journey in both directions.
If I were taking the van across, I would use the tunnel and coming back to the UK, I would feel safer making the journey in daylight.
Wishing you safe travels.

Message posted by lyanabint on 19/9/2016 at 2:52pm
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4 journeys via the tunnel this year and not seen a single migrant. having said that would not go at night

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Came back thru the tunnel this morning. Arrived at check in 10.15 and offered 10.50 crossing instead of our booked 11.50 crossing at no extra charge. Accepted that and by the time we got through French and Uk border controls we drove straight onto the train which left spot on time. Wouldn't cross the channel any other way. Brilliant.

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