Disruption is predicted tomorrow (Image: PA)
Transport secretary Grant Shapps has stated he expects ‘important disruption’ tomorrow as France has banned all travel from the UK for at least 48 hours.
This contains accompanied freight, akin to lorries being pushed into the nation, though journey into the UK from France will nonetheless be allowed.
Tonight, the Port of Dover introduced its ferry terminal would shut for the interval the journey ban stays in pressure. Eurotunnel made the same announcement that it might not be open.
Mr Shapps stated this night: ‘Following the French Authorities’s announcement it won’t settle for any passengers arriving from the UK for the following 48hrs, we’re asking the general public & significantly hauliers to not journey to Kent ports or different routes to France. We anticipate important disruption within the space.
‘My division is urgently working with Highways England and Kent Council on contingency measures to minimise site visitors disruption within the space. We are going to share extra particulars on these shortly.’
It comes as Boris Johnson is to carry disaster talks with ministers after extra European nations halted flights and ferry crossing from the UK amid fears over a brand new mutant coronavirus pressure.
The Prime Minister will chair a gathering of the Authorities’s Cobra civil contingencies committee on Monday as ministers search to make sure a ‘regular stream of freight into and out of the UK’, Downing St stated.
The transfer comes after France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Eire and Bulgaria all introduced restrictions on UK journey following the disclosure that the extremely infectious new pressure is widespread throughout south-east England.
Eurotunnel tweeted that its final shuttle service departing for France would go away at 9.34pm, with entry to its UK website prohibited from 10pm.
The Port of Dover tweeted tonight that its ferry terminal was ‘closed to all accompanied site visitors leaving the UK till additional discover on account of border restrictions in France’.
On its web site it added: ‘Each accompanied freight and passenger clients are requested to not journey to the Port.
‘We perceive that the restrictions might be in place for 48 hours from midnight (CET).
‘We apologise for the inconvenience and can present an replace as quickly as doable.’
It added: ‘Port of Dover Cargo Terminal, Marina and different areas of the Port stay open.’
Queues at St Pancras station in London as folks waited to board the final practice to Paris right this moment (Image: PA)
Earlier Well being Secretary Matt Hancock admitted the brand new variant coronavirus was ‘uncontrolled’ and that robust new restrictions introduced by Mr Johnson on Saturday might stay in place for months.
A No 10 spokesman stated: ‘The Prime Minister will chair a Cobra assembly tomorrow to debate the state of affairs concerning worldwide journey, particularly the regular stream of freight into and out of the UK.
‘Additional conferences are occurring this night and tomorrow morning to make sure sturdy plans are in place.’
French transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari tweeted right this moment that the nation was suspending all site visitors from the UK from midnight for a minimum of 48 hours.
Rod McKenzie, from the Highway Haulage Affiliation, informed Sky Information that 10,000 lorries a day crossed between Dover and Calais in France.
He added: ‘Brexit stockpiling is one factor, the Christmas rush is one other factor, however the absolute hammer blow now’s to shut the borders for 48 hours.
‘That could be a severe disruption of the all necessary provide chain.’
Logistics UK, previously the Freight Transport Affiliation, which is predicated in Tunbridge Wells, tweeted: ‘Logistics UK is conscious of reports that accompanied freight to France is being not allowed for 48 hours; we’re involved concerning the welfare of drivers and we’re urgently searching for extra info for our members.’
The Meals and Drink Federation urged ministers to ask the French authorities to exempt accompanied freight from its journey ban.
CEO Ian Wright stated: ‘Tonight’s suspension of accompanied freight site visitors from the UK to France has the potential to trigger severe disruption to UK Christmas contemporary meals provides and exports of UK food and drinks.
‘Continental truckers won’t wish to journey right here if they’ve an actual worry of getting marooned.
‘The Authorities should very urgently persuade the French authorities to exempt accompanied freight from its ban.’
The Eurostar rail service stated on its web site on Sunday night that as a result of French and Belgian border closures with the UK it was unable to run any trains from London to Paris, Brussels, Lille or Amsterdam on Monday or Tuesday.
It added: ‘We’re additionally unable to run trains from Amsterdam, Brussels and Lille to London on these dates.
‘We will verify that our trains will proceed to function from Paris to London.
‘The plan is to renew all our practice providers to and from the UK on Wednesday twenty third December.’
It stated it was awaiting additional particulars from related governments on how journey restrictions might be enforced.
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