We send a fair few walking stick orders to France with Royal Mail and the courier DPD. If you have ordered something for delivery to France this week or next week, please be aware there may be some delays. DPD sent us this notice:
“Continued International service delays at Channel Tunnel!
Delays at the Channel Tunnel at both ends are continuing to impact on our parcel deliveries into the UK, to and from Europe.
Please be aware, parcels collected on Tuesday 30 June will incur a 24 hour delay and parcels collected yesterday we expect to also experience a 24 hour delay.
Operation Stack is still enforced on the M20 motorway and there are reports of a 7 hour delay at the French border.
Ferry ports are again closed today due to industrial action which is further impacting on the Channel Tunnel congestion, however today is due to be the last day of strikes which will see our operation return to normal.
We are doing everything possible to minimise delays and will keep you informed of any further developments.”
The poor drivers! 7 hour delays! Please be patient about your order while “Operation Stack” is still enforced. “Operation Stack” is on its fourth day and the lorry drivers have received humanitarian assistance including; 18,000 bottles of water and 6,500 meals!
What is operation stack?
Operation Stack is used by Kent Police and the Port of Dover in England to park (or “stack”) lorries on the M20 motorway in Kent when services across the English Channel, such as those from the Channel Tunnel or Port of Dover are disrupted, for example by bad weather or industrial action, or by fire or derailments in the tunnel.
According to Damian Green MP, by 2007 the system had been implemented 74 times in the 20 years after it was first introduced. (Source Wikipedia).