The head of the port of Calais has said he is “ashamed” about the huge delays British holidaymakers have faced at Dover, as police told motorists they face weeks of delays.
Jean-Marc Puissesseau, the =president of the Côte d’Opale chamber of commerce that runs the port, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday that he would complain to the French authorities about the failure to prepare for increased border checks.
Holidaymakers faced hours of waiting on gridlocked roads over the weekend and some spent the night in their cars as they approached the port of Dover. At one stage there were 12-mile tailbacks and people endured 15-hour waits.
Kent police said traffic in the region had reached a “business as usual state” for this point in the holiday season. However, the force warned travellers would continue to face delays “over the next few weeks”.
Puissesseau said: “I am very ashamed of this situation. I am so sorry for the British passengers starting their holiday with so long a wait because of controls. When we know that there will be big traffic, as it was yesterday because it was starting holidays, it should be organised.