Ferry disruption continues due to French strike action

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TRAVEL disruption is set to continue for Islanders returning from Easter getaways, as major French strike action causes further ferry cancellations later this week.

Condor Ferries has rescheduled or cancelled ferry services between the Channel Islands and St Malo on Friday.

This is in response to a four-hour walkout from 11am to 3pm by French port workers.

A spokesperson for Condor Ferries said: ‘We have had no choice but to cancel the round trip St Malo-Guernsey-St Malo as it falls within these times. The morning and evening sailings to and from Jersey and St Malo are still operating. The morning round trip is being brought forward by and hour and a quarter to avoid the 11am cut-off.’

They added: ‘In order to accommodate Guernsey passengers travelling on Friday, we have automatically moved them to Saturday. We regret the inconvenience this causes but these are clearly circumstances outside of our control.’

Evening sailings between Jersey and St Malo have not been affected.

Sailings between Guernsey and France have been cancelled altogether, with passengers transferred to Saturday.

For several months, large parts of France have been brought to a standstill by industrial action and violent protests sparked by President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial pension reforms. Much of the country’s transport system remains paralysed, with major roads blocked and rail, ferry and air services all badly affected.

The UK Foreign Office has urged those travelling to France to ‘monitor the media, check the latest advice with operators before travelling, avoid demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities’.

Any Islanders wishing to transfer, discuss other options or cancel their booking with Condor can visit the company’s website or call 0345 609 1026

The timetable for Friday now stands as:

St Malo-Jersey: originally 8am-8.25am, now leaving at 6.45am-7.10am
Jersey-St Malo: originally 9.10am-11.35am, now leaving at 7.55am-10.20am

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