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Travel chaos predicted for Easter breaks amid airport woes and rail engineering work

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Staff sickness and pandemic job cuts have been blamed for chaos at UK airports, where passenger numbers will swell this weekend and next week. Some of the worst queues have been at Manchester airport

People queuing at Manchester Airport
People queuing at Manchester Airport

Easter travel misery is on the cards for thousands due to airport woes, rail engineering work and fallout from the P&O Ferries scandal.

Liverpool and Manchester City fans face huge headaches going to Wembley for the April 16 FA Cup semi-final as there will be no direct trains.

And people sailing to France at Easter are being urged leave plenty of time.

Today drivers were at a standstill on two major routes in Kent due to delays in Channel crossings.

Most P&O Ferries’ services are still suspended, three weeks on from its mass sacking of 800 staff.

The Port of Dover said it was working “tirelessly to move traffic as effectively as possible” but a reduced ferry service and bad weather caused delays, notably for freight.







Heathrow airport has also been busy with passengers facing delays
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Eurostar and Eurotunnel, which will run up to four departures an hour, are taking some of the strain.

Staff sickness and pandemic job cuts have been blamed for chaos at UK airports, where passenger numbers will swell this weekend and next week.

Some of the worst queues have been at Manchester airport, where extra police have been brought in to help handle queues and frayed tempers.

Passengers will get real-time online queuing information and the option to check-in their bags the night before.







Long queues have formed at airports
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Network Rail uses the Easter holiday to do essential maintenance. Three major works will disrupt journeys.

The West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central will be shut all Easter weekend.

There will be no Southern services into and from London Victoria and be no direct trains between London and Stansted Airport, Essex.

The fuel price surge is unlikely to deter many families from seeing each other. The RAC ­estimates 20.8 million leisure trips will be taken this weekend with Saturday being the busiest.

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