Freight lorries queueing alongside the M20 in Kent ready to entry the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone (Image: PA Picture)
Lengthy delays on the M20 yesterday have been brought on by French officers conducting Brexit border management exams on the Channel Tunnel.
Queues of HGVs ready to succeed in the crossing have been backed up alongside the motorway in what some concern is an indication of issues to come back after the transition interval ends.
At one level an ambulance with flashing blue lights struggled to make it by the 5 miles of backed up site visitors.
Highways England mentioned it had closed the entry and exit sliproads at Junction 11 on Tuesday as a result of giant variety of HGVs parked on the exhausting shoulder.
It’s understood the issues have been brought on by French authorities conducting exams on border checking procedures on the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone.
A spokesman for Getlink, which operates the Channel Tunnel, mentioned yesterday: ‘The backlog (of site visitors) constructed up this morning throughout exams carried out by the authorities in preparation for Brexit.’
The spokesman mentioned on Tuesday afternoon that site visitors was now flowing ‘easily’ by the terminal and providers have been working as regular.
It’s understood that additional intermittent border exams might be carried out earlier than the Brexit transition interval involves an finish on December 31.
Freight lorries queueing alongside the M20 in Kent (Image: PA)
An ambulance will get caught within the site visitors (Image: UkNewsinPictures)
Highways England mentioned in an announcement: ‘The Port of Dover has knowledgeable us that new trial software program for border checks has been recognized as inflicting the delays, which means 100% checks are below means.’
It mentioned the check happened between 6am and 3pm on Tuesday and was carried out by Police Aux Frontieres, with exams additionally carried out on the Port of Dover.
Highways England tweeted: ‘M20 coastbound at J11 Westenhanger – the entry slip is now closed attributable to heavy congestion within the space attributable to delays at Eurotunnel.
‘Because of the heavy congestion with HGV’s at this location, for security causes we have now additionally closed the exit slip at J11 Westenhanger as a result of quantity of lorry’s parking up alongside the exhausting shoulder all the way in which again to exit slip.’
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