Cab­bies en­counter ex­hausted trav­ellers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

ASH­FORD taxi driv­ers have fer­ried count­less dis­tressed pas­sen­gers who were stranded dur­ing this week’s snow.

Pas­sen­gers picked up at Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Sta­tion have told them of two-hour jour­neys across the Chan­nel stretch­ing to as long as 12 be­cause of the weather chaos.

Sue Why­brow, of the Ash­ford In­de­pen­dent Taxi Driv­ers, said: “My col­leagues and I picked up both French and Bel­gian peo­ple try­ing to get home and Bri­tish peo­ple re­turn­ing af­ter hor­ren­dous jour­neys.”

Mrs Why­brow had, on Sun­day, picked up a fam­ily from Wales with three young chil­dren who had strug­gled to get from Dis­ney­land Paris to Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Sta­tion.

She said: “At Dis­ney­land they were warned of train prob­lems and were told to go straight to the train sta­tion and they were among thou­sands stranded there.

“This fam­ily had to take the train to Calais, then a ferry to Dover and then a train to Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional.

“When I met them the chil­dren were freez­ing.

“The el­dest was no more than five or six.

“They had left Dis­ney­land at about 10am on Sun­day and it took them 12 hours to get to Ash­ford.

“It should usu­ally just take a cou­ple of hours on Eurostar.

“I took them to the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel where they had a hire car so they could even­tu­ally drive home to Wales.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1658492

Taxi driver Sue Why­brow, who has some travel hor­ror sto­ries to tell

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