A token strike by workers operating French ferries on Tuesday brought traffic on two significant routes adopted for transportation in southern England and northern France to a complete standstill.
All train services were brought to a halt when workers set fire to a couple of tires in the vicinity of the entrance to Channel Tunnel. The vandalism brought about the suspension of all normal train services including the Eurostar train between London and Paris.
Passengers in London and Paris were instructed to reschedule their travel programs using the internet. But all tickets to public transport connecting the two nations had already been sold out
Passengers were forced to change their travel plans all the same. London's St. Pancras and Paris' Gare du Nord station witnessed chaos as thousands of passengers to the cities served by the trains were affected by the strike. Ferry services between the two cities like MyFerryLink explained the protest as means adopted by their rivals to delay sale of ferries.
The situation has come to be a major problem for migrants waiting for an opportunity to make it to a better life across the English Channel. They are doing what they can to get across to a better lifestyle by stealing rides on trucks moving over the channel. There is a stiff competition among them even giving way to fights. A warning has been issued by Britain's Foreign Office for travelers crossing the Channel to be wary of such activities.