Tube strikes and ‘port closed’ reports are unwelcome additions to the Summer Holiday checklist in 2015. Regardless of any views on the reasons for industrial action, no one can deny that the disruption caused by the TFL and Calais closures this month and last caught innocent travellers and holidaymakers in the middle of the dispute.
With another London Tube strike due on August 5th, Spanish air traffic controllers walking out this weekend and yet more disruption at Calais this week, travelling this summer is beset with considerably more worries than recent years.
With drivers, minibuses, coaches and passengers on both sides of the Channel our teams have been working tirelessly to offer support and alternative solutions to our clients.
Special mention must go to Owen from our Wales office who pulled out all the stops to ensure last minute cover could be found for the Bishop Auckland St Mary’s JFC football tournament in Barcelona earlier this July where their U16 Angels were in action. Our coaches ferried the girls to and from their matches over 5 days and made sure the journeys went without a hitch. Congratulations to the Angels for what from all accounts was a great performance in energy-sapping, high heat!
Back in head office, Alan and his Operations Team sprang into action to make sure St Benedicts College could return to the UK from their Italy trip despite their ferry being cancelled due to the protests at Calais in June. The team organised for the school to return on the first available Eurotunnel and did all they could to ensure the children and teachers returned with as little disruption to their schedule as necessary. Mr. Berry from the college reported that the trip went well and the extra day turned out to be very worthwhile!
Read our 4 top tips for avoiding disruption during the Calais strikes