'Our 20-hour drive to get home'
TWO couples who endured a 20-hour drive and hundreds of pounds in petrol costs to get back from Spain said they have been put off travelling with Brittany Ferries in the future.
Twenty-seven-year-old Amy Newell, from Plympton, was on holiday with her boyfriend Neil Haddock and their friends Carl Palmer and Victoria Joint when news of industrial action involving the ferry company was announced.
They were supposed to travel back to Plymouth from Santander on Wednesday but were told on Tuesday evening the service had been cancelled.
The four decided to drive to Calais to get a ferry to Dover.
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Miss Newell said: "We left Santander at 8am on Wednesday and got to Plymouth at 5.30 am on Thursday after spending about £200 in petrol and a further £100 on toll costs in France.
"We didn't stop to sleep once and we all feel exhausted but glad to finally be home.
"Being sat in a car for 20 hours was a nightmare. It's just lucky there were four of us to share the driving.
"It was just a complete inconvenience and very frustrating.
"The company didn't announce the ferry was cancelled until the night before.
"It would have been nice to have been given more than 26 hours notice when the alternative was driving across Europe.
"It has put us off travelling with Brittany Ferries. We'd rather fly in the future."