“You definitely shouldn’t be in the port of Dover in the coming days”, correspondent Tim de Witt says. The port was closed to all trucks and passenger cars early in the night. Only individual trailers are still shipped to France.
“There have been long traffic jams in recent times, as companies are still trying to transport goods due to Brexit,” says De Witt. “But now you can’t get through it. It’s going to be a long wait for the drivers who were already there and they hope they get home in time for Christmas.”
It is still possible to travel to Dover via Calle, but it is unclear whether and when drivers will be able to return. The Dutch Transport and Logistics Sector Organization therefore advises lorry drivers not to travel to the UK at the moment.
Normally 10,000 trucks a day cross this time limit. De Wit speaks of a unique situation. “It will not be possible to leave the British Isles for the first time in decades. For at least the next 48 hours, you will not be able to do so by plane, train, ferry or car through the channel tunnel.”
The UK Government is meeting at the crisis meeting today to develop a coordinated approach to transport from the UK. Germany, the president of the European Union, has also scheduled a crisis meeting.