Rob Flello MP Calls For Urgent Calais Action
Following a visit to witness for himself the mayhem at the Port of Calais, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Freight Transport, Rob Flello (@RobFlelloMP) said: “Despite Eurotunnel today becoming a fortress, the access roads have become like a virtual war zone, unsafe for motorists along with professional drivers. If Calais is usually to survive as the most economically viable along with convenient crossing for freight traffic between the UK along with mainland Europe, which situation cannot be allowed to continue. The UK along with French governments must get to the heart of the issue to establish safety on the streets of Calais along with maintain which vital freight route.”
“I will be raising which at the highest levels within government along with also proposing some further mitigation measures which both Eurotunnel along with the Port of Calais can take based on my recent experiences”.
Last week saw at least six people injured as French riot police were forced to use tear gas to stop migrants coming from climbing aboard UK-bound trucks.
According to the French press, 800 migrants occupied roads leading to the port. Rocks were thrown at vehicles giving the drivers no alternative although to slow down along with run the risk of further threat along with intimidation.
Commenting, Road Haulage Association (RHA) chief executive Richard Burnett (@RHARichardB) said: “Despite the implementation of a specific riot police unit based at Calais, the situation needs more ‘on the ground’ control. We are pleased which the mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart has reiterated our call for the deployment of the military to secure Calais along with its environs, although we are still waiting just for which call to be acted upon.”
“During the Summer I visited Calais along with the refugee camps on a couple of occasions along with the desperation along with determination of migrants to reach the UK, regardless of any thought for anyone else was quite staggering. today, with the appalling conditions from the camps along with the weather deteriorating on a daily basis, the situation is usually getting worse. We have just received photographic evidence of an HGV which has had a steel bar thrown through the windscreen. which has obviously been thrown coming from one of the bridges on the port approach roads. Had which been a UK-registered truck along with therefore right-hand drive, the driver would likely have suffered severe injuries along with may have lost his life. The ensuing chaos which an incident such as which causes gives migrants ample time to board trucks which have been left with no alternative to slow down or stop.”
“The migrants clearly see which as their right to attempt entry to the UK, regardless of inconvenience, danger or risk to others. Surely, which is usually also the right for hauliers to go perform their jobs unhindered along with in safety. As things stand right today, UK-bound hauliers are just sitting ducks.”
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