Additional ferries at the Port of Dover to eliminate long queues to cross the Channel | outside

to updateIn Great Britain, additional ferries leave the port of Dover at night from Saturday to Sunday to eliminate long lines. Some passengers say they had to wait 14 hours before they could leave.

A spokeswoman for the port said it hoped the backlog would be completed by Sunday afternoon. According to the port, the delays are due to bad weather, increased waiting times at customs, and the influx of large numbers of passengers due to the holiday period.

Shipping company P&O Ferries notified passengers of the delay in a tweet Saturday night. We apologize for the wait times this weekend. We’ve added additional cruises at night to finish the backlog. Once the buses reach our check-in desks, they head to the next crossing into Calais.

Buses at the cruise terminal still have to wait up to 3.5 hours before they can run into Dover Port. Once they reach the buffer zone at the port entrance, the waiting time is around 3 to 4 hours.

Problems since Friday

Since Friday, it has been very crowded in the Port of Dover, resulting in long traffic jams. Bus traffic at the port suffers from significant delays due to border control. The Port of Dover reported on Twitter on Friday that ferry operators are directing incoming bus traffic to alternative waiting areas, so that the current backlog can be cleared.

Ferry company DFDS warned its customers on Friday night that “due to the large crowds” at the port of Dover, the waiting time to board is about seven hours at the port. “The delays experienced tonight’s buses are due to the time it takes French customs to check each vehicle, which is unfortunately out of our control,” said rival P&O Ferries.

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On the other side of the channel, the port of Calais said there was a “risk of delay” because traffic to Dover was “disrupted by weather conditions”.

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