UNITED KINGDOM – British holidaymakers spent their Sundays sweating in their cars as 15-hour queues snaked back from the port of Dover, an English Channel town, due to heightened entry checks by French border police.
Stationary vehicles tailed back up to 12 miles (19 kilometres) inland from Dover, on England’s southeastern tip.
The town is Britain’s main ferry port to Calais in northeastern France, 21 miles (33 kilometres) across the Channel.
Under a reciprocal agreement, Britain and France have border controls on the opposite side of the Channel.
“We recognise the security pressures that French law enforcement organisations are under at Dover and we have agreed the UK Border Force will assist the PAF (French frontier police) with border checks to remove the backlog,” said a spokeswoman for Britain’s Home Office.
“There has been extraordinary disruption in the Dover area today but safety is paramount.”
Some people even slept overnight in their cars.
Highways England, which runs the road network, told drivers: “French border police at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel continue to follow French government requirements to deliver heightened security checks to keep the travelling public safe following the recent attacks in France.”
The local Kent Police force said there was a 12-mile tailback, which it put down to a “vast volume of holiday traffic”.