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Volcanic ash cloud - the travel alternatives

An empty Heathrow airport on Tuesday 20 April 2010

by BBC Travel News

Airspace in Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of Northern England is open again, however the situation is ever changing and there is no estimate for a reopening of the skies above Wales and the rest of England.

A new volcanic ash cloud means plans to open swathes of airspace are being significantly revised.

Here are the alternatives to getting away:

In summary, train operators including Eurostar and Virgin Trains are running extra services. Ferry services have limited space and you should check with the operator before you travel.


Extra trains with space available. Check website or call 08443 35 35 35


Most regular services are booked up until the end of the week, but there are additional trains. Eurostar advise that you don't arrive at a station without a reservation.

Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries have no space on Spanish sailings until the start of May.

LD Lines and Transmanche Ferries

Sailings available from Dieppe, Le Havre, Boulogne and Ostend. Running to time with space reported, including foot passengers on some services.


Transeuropa run a service from Ramsgate to Ostend. Running to time but not accepting foot passengers.

Ferries from Dover

P&O Ferries have limited space but are running to time. Sea France, LD Lines and Norfolkline services are on time, space available.

P&O Ferries from Hull

Running to time, with space reported, but P&O advise you not to travel to the port without a reservation.

P&O Irish Ferries

Running to time with space reported.

Stena Line to Ireland

No reported problems.

Virgin Trains

Virgin have made 4750 extra seats available on additional trains running today. Other trains will run with extra carriages.

East Coast

Extra trains scheduled, with no reported problems.

National Express coaches

National Express are running additional services. Check the website for availability.

Eurolines coaches

Running additional services to mainland Europe and Ireland. Check website for availability.


Running extra capacity all week.


Running fast services between Spain and France (Girona airport to and from Perpignan TGV train station).

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