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Operation Stack in place on M20
SeaFrance ferry
SeaFrance said talks were under way with staff
Industrial action by ferry workers in France has led to traffic backlogs in Kent and coast bound lorries being force to queue on the M20.

Kent Police brought in Operation Stack, which sees trucks parking on the coast bound motorway, after SeaFrance crossings were suspended.

Motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

SeaFrance said talks were under way with staff over pay. No other ferry services are affected by the action.

First phase

A statement on the ferry operator's website informed passengers: "SeaFrance regrets to inform you that due to industrial action by onboard officers, today's crossings are currently suspended."

And it said that passengers travelling in the next 48 hours should call SeaFrance for information.

Kent Police said phase one of Operation Stack was in force, which sees the coast bound M20 closed between junctions 11 and 12 so that lorries can park and await cross-Channel services.

All other ferry services are operating as normal, but the force advised people to check before setting out.

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