Truck drivers and farmers blocked traffic on the motorway approach to France’s northern port of Calais, demanding the closure of a migrants camp they blame for mounting insecurity and an ailing local economy, Reuters report.
In response to the blockade, Calais officials created a diversion through the town, updates from operator DFDS said ferries were operating as normal. However, the UK’s Road Haulage Association (RHA) claimed traffic crossing from the UK to France would find it “almost impossible” to leave Calais.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) warned that bringing traffic around Calais to a standstill would simply create new opportunities for migrants to attack drivers and trucks and advised truckers to avoid the area and make alternative plans.
Numbers in the Jungle Camp have swelled to more than 9,000 and attacks by migrants have become more frequent and increasingly violent. FTA has asked for the camp to be be moved away from the port to prevent the ongoing attacks on truck drivers, and called for proper processing procedures to be put in place to ensure that genuine asylum seekers quickly receive the help they need
RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates once available.