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Important updates

​The relevant port check-in times for your​ departure can be found on your booking confirmation in local time. When travelling to the port, please allow adequate time in order to complete the check-in process. A minimum of 45 minutes prior to the sailing departure time for our ferry crossings on the Eastern Channel routes​, 90 minutes prior to the sailing departure time for our ferry crossings on our Western Channel and Long Sea routes.


From 08 April 2015 the UK Government is introducing exit checks at all UK ports of departure. In order to ensure a quick and efficient check-in process can all customers have their passports or identity card ready for inspection when checking in for our services.​​



Road Closure - Exit 47 A16 - Port of Calais

Due to essential maintenance Exit 47 on the A16 Highway will be closed on the 09, 10, 13, 16 & 17 April into the port of Calais. Diversion will be place during this period.

Traffic will be diverted via Exit 46 and will be clearly signposted to the port of Calais.


Dart Charge – P​ayment arrangements at the Dartford Tunnel ​

Payment for the Dartford Tunnel can no longer be paid on arrival at the crossing. For more information to pay for Dart Charge or to use this service please click here​.

For additional information download this guide:

Customer Information – Operation Stack ​​

For more information about Operation Stack on the M20 when travelling to the Port of Dover please click here.

Newcastle (north shields) - Amsterdam​ (IJmuiden) sailings

Major Road works along A19 and Silverlink roundabout.
Narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit will be in place along the A19 and the slip roads during these works. The cycleway on the A1058 over the Silverlink roundabout is closed for the duration of the work as part of the junction improvement, clearly signposted diversions will be in place.​ Please allow additional time for your journey.
Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel refurbishment.
Please note that The Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels, between How​don and Jarrow, will close for refurbishment work​. A replacement shuttle bus will be in action throughout this period.


Cancelled departures
Dieppe-Newhaven 28/04/2018 at 05h30
Newhaven-Dieppe 28/04/2018 at 10h00

There are two major road works currently going on / scheduled:

  1. A26 at Taring Neville leading directly to Newhaven – Full overnight closure (22h00 – 06h00) start 19/03 til 25/03.​
  2. A27 at Middle Farm (effecting passengers arriving from Eastbourne way) – 2 Full overnight closures – first closure is on 15/03 and second is on 27/03 – There will be some works going on until 05/04 but full closure only on stated dates.
  3. Newhaven - Dieppe sailings may be subject to alteration due to tidal restrictions.​​​