PC Coaches says Calais Crisis has cost it £50,000

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Lincoln-based PC Coaches has said the situation in Calais caused by migrants trying to smuggle themselves across the English Channel has cost it £50,000, the Lincolnshire Echo reported.

Chris Bristow, Director of International Operations at PC Coaches, said: “We have had people boarding a coach while it was moving.

“One driver performed all of the correct checks and followed the rules completely, only for a man to be found in the vehicle’s engine compartment. We are having to put up in hotels because we are unable to get across – it has been a massive cost.”

Phil Haxby, Director of Wilfreda Beehive, which owns Gainsborough-based Eagre Coaches, added that one of the firm’s coaches was held up for five hours at the French port and another had been switched from a Eurotunnel booking to a ferry.

He said: “It’s only luck that we’ve only had a few serious hold-ups.”