Reduced capacity at the Channel tunnel swells traffic through the Port of Dover.
A combination of reduced capacity at the Channel tunnel, large amounts of unbooked traffic, Christmas holidaymakers and shoppers, and lorry drivers wanting to be home for the festive break, swelled traffic through the Port of Dover on Saturday.
The port handled 77,988 passengers (plus 6.4 per cent compared with the same day in 2007), 15,960 tourist cars (+14.1%) 517 coaches and 4,841 freight vehicles (+128%) on more than 60 ferry departures and arrivals, with most of the traffic travelling outbound to France.
?We regret there were long delays on the approach roads to the port but the lack of available Eurotunnel capacity meant the port having to handle a much larger volume of traffic,? said Bob Goldfield, Chief Executive, Port of Dover.
?This was probably the busiest winter day the port has ever experienced for outbound traffic.?
The Port of Dover operates over 60 ferry departures every day to Calais and Dunkerque with P&O Ferries, SeaFrance and Norfolkline.