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‘Total carnage at Calais’ Travellers face six-hour delays at border

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Ferry operators DFDS and P&O Ferries apologised for the long waits at UK border control, which were stopping vehicles from reaching check-in booths.

One Twitter user wrote: “It’s total carnage at Calais. No lanes. Cars all over the place. No information and no officials helping people get into the right lane for check-in.”

Another said: “Two hours and only moved 10 yards. Nothing short of shambolic.”

P&O said extra vessels were being used for passengers who missed their sailing.

It said on Saturday: “We sincerely apologise for the wait times. Checked-in vehicles have been unable to reach the loading lanes due to queues at border control. This is then causing vehicles to be backed up past the check-in booths.” It added it did “not have any control over how long it takes to complete all the necessary checks”.

DFDS warned of queues of six hours on Saturday but said at noon yesterday these were down to 45 minutes at border control and no waits at check-in. P&O Ferries tweeted that queues were about an hour yesterday.

The delays come after a summer of disruption. In July Liz Truss blamed France but others say Brexit red tape is the cause.

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