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25th July 2016 - Press Release

Port of Dover Statement - Last Weekend's Travel Situation

The Port of Dover shares public frustration at the French border control situation which impacted so badly on the holiday getaway weekend.

We raised concerns over French manning levels with the UK Government days before the situation developed, and the Government, in turn, raised the issue with its French counterparts.

We are determined to continue working with the UK authorities to find a way of ensuring that French border control posts are suitably staffed in future.

Ultimately, international border policy can only be resolved by governments, but we will do all we can alongside Government, partner organisations and ferry operators to develop a long term solution that will ensure trade and tourist traffic remains fluid through this crucial European gateway.

The Port of Dover would like to thank all those organisations which, alongside Port staff, worked round the clock to tackle the weekend’s queues and ensure public welfare. We especially want to thank Morrison’s, Tesco, Khalsa Aid, P&O Ferries and Kent County Council for supplying free food and water for travellers.

Most importantly we wish to thank our customers who showed incredible fortitude and good humour during what was an incredibly challenging few days for everyone.

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