The U.K. and France will set up a new secure zone at the port of Calais to stop immigrants climbing onto trucks waiting to cross the English Channel, U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May said.
The secure waiting area will accommodate 230 vehicles and improve protection for trucks and drivers, May told lawmakers in the House of Commons Tuesday.
Migrants have been climbing onto trucks and taking advantage of the lines of traffic caused by Groupe Eurotunnel SA closing the Channel Tunnel in recent weeks due to strikes by French workers. More than 8,000 migrants trying to cross into the U.K. were intercepted at Calais between June 21 and July 11, May said.
The announcement comes after Britain and France agreed a 15 million euro ($23 million) joint intervention fund in September 2014 to tackle the migration situation. May said 8.4 million euros had already been spent on measures including new fencing to secure the approach to Calais and improving traffic flow in the area.
“We are continuing close collaboration with French authorities to bolster security of ports in northern France,” she said.