After recent events of road blocks, in the night, cars and lorries being attacked by the inhabitants of the jungle in Calais, this is the result. About time too. Authorities on either side of the channel have done nothing, apart from hope a bad situation will go away.
Good luck to these lorry drivers, they have taken enough for long enough, and now the tide turns. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37271674
Lorry drivers and farmers are blockading the main motorway route into Calais in a protest calling for the closure of the town's migrant camp.
Local traders and trade unions also taking part and Cross-Channel travellers are facing disruption.
But the Port of Calais says a diversion has been put in place and ferries are operating as normal.
Two convoys of trucks left Dunkirk and Boulogne on the A16 motorway towards Calais on a "go slow".
Farmers in tractors were waiting on the side of the road to join the convoy.
Meanwhile, in Calais hundreds of protesters carrying banners gathered on the motorway, which is located close to the entrance to the Channel Tunnel and ferry terminals.
Channel Tunnel operator EuroTunnel advised motorists in France heading to Calais to follow one of its suggested alternative routes, but says its services are operating to schedule.
P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways say travellers who are delayed will be put on their next available sailings at no extra cost.
The presence of the camp, say the organisers of the protest, is undermining Calais.
The lorry drivers say they have seen increasing threats from organised gangs and migrants, who have been attempting to board vehicles to reach the UK.
Farmers are said to be angry at the destruction of crops caused by the swelling of the migrant camp.
The "Jungle" has become the focal point of France's migrant crisis, with about 7,000 people, mainly from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa, living there.
correspondent Richard Galpin says one asylum seeker from Sudan has said he is saddened by the way local people view the camp, saying all they want is to live in peace after escaping from conflict.
Lorries and tractors
In recent weeks there have been reports of criminal gangs adopting new techniques to try to get migrants into the UK.
The Mail on Sunday said a log was thrown at a car carrying its journalists last week in a deliberate attempt to make them crash, to try to divert attention away from migrants boarding vehicles.
And last month the BBC broadcast footage of suspected people smugglers blocking the main route to Calais with a felled tree and threatening motorists with violence. more....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37271674