Misery for families travelling to France as drivers face three-hour delays in 'gridlock' at Dover

Mail Online | 7/27/2019 | Jack Newman For Mailonline
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British families heading on holiday today have faced delays of several hours on the roads of Dover because of gridlocked traffic.

The Cross-Channel ferry passengers have said they missed their ferries after being stuck in their cars for more than three hours.

Disruption - Chaos - Britain - Transport - Network

It comes amid disruption and chaos across Britain's transport network due to train strikes, extreme weather conditions and the summer holiday rush.

The Port of Dover has tried to assure passengers by saying it is fully operational but said the area is experiencing 'very high levels of traffic'.

Kent - Police - Jam - Kent - County

Kent Police have not been involved in the jam but Kent County Council has issued a statement.

They said: 'There is queuing and slow moving traffic on the A2 and the A20 coastbound due to high volumes of traffic heading to the Port of Dover.

'Drivers - Delays

'Drivers are warned to expect delays.'

For many families, this is the first weekend they can go on holiday after schools broke up this week.

Increase - Number - Holiday-makers - France - Europe

The huge increase in the number of holiday-makers heading to France and Europe is one of the major causes of the traffic.

Many hoping to head to Calais today have shared their frustrations on social media.

Traffic - 'joke - 'nightmare - Crossing

Some branded the traffic a 'joke' and a 'nightmare' which has resulted in them missing their crossing.

Across the country, there has been chaos on Britain's transport network due to the extreme weather conditions and holiday rush.

Thunderstorms - Conditions - Road - Closures - Power

Flooding and thunderstorms have caused difficult driving conditions, with road closures and power cuts expected and damage to some buildings caused by the extensive wet weather.

Temperatures have dropped to around 69.8F (21C) are not expected to recover until Monday.

Travel - Problems - Wet - Weather - East

To further compound any travel problems brought about by the wet weather, East Midlands Trains warned of significant delays and cancellations today, as a significantly reduced service ran to and from London to repair damaged overhead line...
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