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P&O crisis leads to problems in UK ferry traffic

Stena Line has temporarily suspended a ferry route to fill a gap left by competitor P&O Ferries. The British Insolvency Service is investigating the legality of P&O’s decision to fire 800 employees.

Photo: Yann Tessier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The British M20 motorway turned into a big parking space last weekend, when thousands of passenger cars and trucks queued up for up to nine hours to board ferries sailing across the English Channel from the port of Dover.

The disruption was caused by poor weather, increased Easter traffic and a ferry capacity shortage on the Channel because P&O Ferries is still not operating following its highly disputed sacking of almost 800 employees on March 17.

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