Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: After the problems of the Great French Getaway, what about the Great French Return?
Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Wednesday 07 August 2013
Q You were talking about the busy times for British motorists heading for France. We're going there midweek, but coming back over the Bank Holiday weekend. Will that be bad?
A I hope not, but if you are returning from the South of France then prepare for delays. The indications I am getting are that the Bank Holiday Weekend from 23-26 August and the following weekend, 31 August/1 September, are both going to be busy on the cross-Channel routes to Dover, Folkestone and the ports further west. Be prepared for queues when boarding. In addition, the French authorities predict the worst congestion from the South of France on 24 and 25 August. So if you can, for example, plan to stay overnight somewhere close to the Channel. That should minimise the potential frustration.
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