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Dover delays ease but motorists warned of backlog on other channel routes

Motorists were warned of severe traffic delays heading for other channel crossings as the Port of Dover said it had cleared its congestion and returned to normal operations.

Two days after Dover declared a critical event Due to heavy traffic and a lack of French passport control officers, the traffic situation there seemed to be improving, if not completely back to normal.

Traffic jams remain in Folkestone, 13km south-west of Dover, where passengers heading to the Eurotunnel are experiencing several hours of delay.

The Port of Dover announced on Sunday morning that its order backlog had been cleared and that activity had returned to normal, after working on Saturday night to clear cargo and tourist traffic.

“I am grateful to everyone who turned this situation around,” said CEO Doug Bannister.

The port handled 72,000 passengers at the weekend.

Jack Cousens, the AA’s head of roads policy, said Folkestone had become “the hot spot of holiday hell”.

He added: “Drivers heading to Folkestone should be prepared. We have seen that many wait several hours before arriving at the terminal.”

John Keefe, director of public affairs at Getlink, the owner of Eurotunnel, said the service was running on time and at full capacity.

“We can see there’s a lot of traffic out there,” Keefe said; This may affect passengers trying to reach the Eurotunnel. However, once they get to check-in, it usually takes about 90 minutes to get through the terminal and onto a shuttle.

“Our service is running well, and we’re carrying the numbers we’ve seen,” Keefe said.

With many British families traveling to France at the start of the school holidays, motorists were held up on the M20 waiting for the backlog of traffic.

Friday’s incident sparked a row between France and Britain, with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss describing the situation as “horrific” and “appalling”.

Dover’s complaint on Friday about the shortage of French border staff was matched by Calais, who said a shortage of UK border force personnel often results in long waits on the French side.

A Travel alert from the national roads Warned of serious delays for coastal traffic on the A20.

“The combined [effect] Both the Port of Dover and the Eurotunnel, which work with a backlog of customers, are severely affecting traffic in the Kent area surrounding Dover and Folkestone,” it said.

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