On Tuesday and Wednesday, Police checked thousands of lorries on roads heading towards Dover. Lorries and cars were delayed by up to 10 hours.
For once, we can’t blame COVID-19. That lorries and cars heading for Dover were due to a police search.
Jesper Christensen, Operations Director Channel, writes: “Police started on Tuesday at 05:00 local time with checks of all vehicles (lorries, tourist and staff cars) entering the Port of Dover as part of a search for a named individual. Similar checks were also made at Eurotunnel and other ports in the UK. The checks were carried out within the port by Kent and Port of Dover Police. They were supported by Sussex Police on Wednesday, with some 35 officers searching vehicles. The remaining tourist traffic wasn’t significantly affected, but freight traffic was backed up the A2 and A20 (at some stage in a 9-mile queue). Ferries unfortunately sailed with only 1/3 to 1/2 of the deck utilised for most of the day. The police have now stood down the search and we are working on clearing the freight traffic, but it will be Thursday before the last vehicles have been shipped.
“We apologise for the significant delays to our freight customers and have done our outmost to speed up the flow through the port. A big thank you to freight sales for keeping customers up to date and for the staff in the port and on board for looking after the drivers once clear of the Police search.”