London, 1 Apr. The British port of Dover has been declared in a state of “critical incident” due to long queues of coaches trying to cross into France, formed due to bad weather in the English Channel and “extensive procedures at border controls” .
At the start of the school holiday period in the United Kingdom, this Saturday about 70 coaches accumulate at the entrances to the port in the southeast of England, some of which have been blocked for more than twelve hours, according to the BBC public channel.
A spokesman for the port operator declared today in a statement “deeply frustrated” by the traffic jam.
“Cargo and freight traffic have continued to be processed smoothly despite adverse weather conditions and seasonal volumes, but coach traffic suffers severe delays due to the long process at French customs and the high volume,” described the port.
Those responsible for the facilities have offered passengers food and drink during the night and have set up waiting areas for blocked buses.
“We offer our sincere apologies for the long delays you have had to endure. We continue to work with all our partners to get all passengers on their way as soon as possible,” the Dover spokesman stressed.
Oliver Quigley-Brown, a student who is heading to France on a university ski trip, told the BBC that his group has been blocked in the port for more than 14 hours, a situation that has generated “a lot of stress” for those affected. , he claimed. EFE
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