Liverpool fans have been pictured playing football in the street at Dover Port after being caught up in lengthy delays.
Drivers were warned of possible delays this Friday (May 27) as half-time traffic mixes with football fans heading to Paris for the Champions League final. Thousands of fans have traveled to Kent to board the ferries across the English Channel ahead of tomorrow’s big game.
It hasn’t been an easy journey for Liverpool fans, however, as one fan took to Twitter to rant about three-hour queues, KentLive reports.
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Liam Devlin, who was among those queuing in the port, wrote: “Absolute chaos at Dover Harbour. It takes about three hours to get to the gates to even board a ferry, double the recommended time. No organization at all. Shards.”
Suleman Qureshi wrote: “As expected, the queues at Dover are ridiculous. The Reds have taken over!” Another fan wrote: “Three hours in a Dover queue after driving down without sleep is like the pain of childbirth. Glad we’re a day early.”
Queues are not expected to go away anytime soon as bookings are also said to be high for the long weekend of Wednesday 1st June and Thursday 2nd June ‘pack enough supplies including food and water’ , as “a very busy week ahead”.
Passengers who miss their departure can travel on the next available service. Another operator, DFDS, wrote on Twitter: “We are aware that our dear customers are queuing at the port. We will accommodate you on the next available departure.”
Kent Resilience Forum tactical director Toby Howe said: “This weekend and on the eve of the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday it will be very busy on Kent’s cross-channel routes and people should be prepared. If you’re traveling to Europe via Kent make sure you keep up to date with traffic and travel news, including @HighwaysSEAST @KentHighways, allow extra time and take something to drink and eat with you to make sure you’re comfortable in the event of delays feel.
“The KRF partners will meet regularly during this busy period and continually assess updates from the Port of Dover, the Eurotunnel and the National Highways to enable us to manage the flow of traffic to the border. All the traffic management options available to us are working to keep Kent open for business and the county’s roads running as smoothly as possible.”