Plymouth passengers still stranded as French ferry strike goes on
FERRY passengers remain stranded and struggling to return home as a workers’ strike continues “indefinitely”.
French staff are taking action over Brittany Ferries cutbacks which include changes to working hours and conditions.
Company bosses have been in talks with crew unions over the weekend at the company’s head office in Roscoff.
Among Plymouth-bound passengers affected by “exhausting” and costly disruptions were Polly and Matt Waterman.
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The cancellation of their Roscoff-to-Plymouth ferry on Friday meant a more than 400-mile drive to Calais for a ferry to Dover. After an overnight stay in Kent, they drove a further 280 miles home to Plymouth.
Polly, 32, from the Barbican, said: “We had a great crossing on the way out to France and it was a shame that the strike caused such great disruption on the return leg. We were disappointed that they expected us to drive to Calais and then to Plymouth as it was emotionally exhausting and left us considerably out of pocket.”
Last week, nearly 500 city-bound passengers were left stranded and queuing in Roscoff.
Hundreds more were left at the port on Thursday night by a sudden second wave of strikes.
A spokesperson for Brittany Ferries said: “As yet, no agreement has been reached which will enable the company to resume services which therefore remain suspended.
“Brittany Ferries very much regrets the effect that the disruption is having on its customers and would like to reassure everyone that the management is working hard to reach a swift end to the dispute.”
Customers are advised to travel to Dover where the company has special arrangements in place with P&O Ferries and MyFerryLink to accept Brittany Ferries tickets. The company spokesman said full refunds would be given for the unused crossings during the “indefinite stoppage”.