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Ferry Strikes Leave Passengers With Big Bills

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3:45pm 25th September 2012

Pirate FM has learnt ferry strikes left a Cornish holidaymaker facing an 800 mile drive to get home.

All Brittany Ferries services from Plymouth to France and Spain are still suspended.

Nick Kearton from Newquay says he was offered £70 compensation, to cover a day and a half's travel costs:

“I feel anger and frustration to lose the last full day of my holiday and then also lose part of the last day of my holiday from work through travelling in the UK, which I shouldn’t have had to do.

“They did say they would cover fuel expenses to Calais but, when we got back and it came to the crunch, they said we would offer £70 which is not only not enough to get back to Newquay it’s not enough to get back to Calais itself”

Ferry bosses have apologised for the inconvenience.

The company has told Pirate FM that it provides a contribution towards petrol between Roscoff and Calais plus a free crossing from Calais to Dover and also refunds the unused ticket from Roscoff.

It added that it is not legally obliged to do anything and that is as far as it can go, they have helped all they can.

Bosses said they always recommend passengers take out travel insurance, which should help reimburse more costs.

3:45pm 25th September 2012

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