BELGIUM 24 – There was a traffic jam in the port of Dover, England, on Saturday morning as boats left for France.
Passengers have been warned to wait up to four hours before boarding, with at least 3,000 trucks waiting on the M20 motorway to cross the canal, according to the BBC.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has spoken of an “unacceptable” situation, blaming a shortage of French staff at border checkpoints that have to go through Dover before boarding the ferry on the busiest weekends of the year.
According to Port of Dover CEO Doug Bannister, “Saturday was expected to be even busier than Friday. Therefore, waiting times in excess of the 3-4 hours reported by P&O Ferries are entirely possible.
On its website, the Port of Dover said all checkpoints were manned by French border police. But “there is still a long way to go to accommodate long-awaited passengers, some of whom experienced further delays after a serious crash on the M20 motorway yesterday”.
Pierre-Henri Dumont (LR), French MP for Pas-de-Calais, said on Twitter that there was no point in pointing fingers at the French authorities because of delays due to Brexit. , resulting in longer scans.
He said the Port of Dover’s infrastructure was also “very small”.
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