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Lorry drivers tell of misery at ferry workers' strike

By Tom Pugh

Published 03/07/2015

Lorries have been parked on the M20 during the industrial unrest in France
Lorries have been parked on the M20 during the industrial unrest in France

Lorry drivers spoke of their despair at languishing in miles of queues as it emerged that the ongoing strike by ferry workers was costing the UK economy more than £250m a day.

More than 3,000 truckers were parked on the M20 in Kent for a fourth day as the partial closure of the Port of Calais continued to cripple Channel crossings.

Meanwhile, migrants camped near the French port have been taking advantage of slow-moving and queueing traffic by trying to board UK-bound vehicles.

Police and port officials said they had no idea when the action would end. The chaos comes as Home Secretary Theresa May met French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve in Paris and Tim Waggott, boss of the Port of Dover, revealed the problems were costing the economy £250m a day.

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