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Critical incident declared at Port of Dover over huge queues ahead of holidays

A critical incident has been declared at the Port of Dover with bosses claiming they have been ‘let down’ by border controls.

Huge queues of up to four hours have halted journey plans this morning.

Travellers have now been urged to allow extra time due to the delays.

In a statement, Port of Dover bosses said: ‘We are deeply frustrated that the resource at the French border overnight and early this morning has been woefully inadequate to meet our predicted demand and even more deeply regret the consequences that will now be felt by so many.’

Doug Bannister, CEO of the Port of Dover, also told the BBC they had been ‘badly let down’ by French border controls in Dover.

He added the checks were ‘insufficiently resourced’.

Drivers have taken to social media to vent their frustration at standstill traffic and lengthy tailbacks.

One driver tweeted: ‘A20 complete standstill. 3 hours now and still at St James shopping area. Utterly atrocious.’

Earlier this morning, Port of Dover Travel tweeted: ‘Due to delays at French border controls prior to check-in please allow extra time for your journey. Please contact your ferry operator for info on check-in times.

‘The Port of Dover and our partners are working hard to get you on your way swiftly. Thank you for your patience.’

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