Drivers are actually ready for a Covid take a look at to allow them to enter France (Image: PA/ Reuters/ Getty Pictures)
Lorry drivers say they’re nonetheless unlikely to make it residence in time for Christmas as they continue to be caught in Dover regardless of France opening its borders on Wednesday.
Drivers now must endure a Covid-19 take a look at within the UK earlier than they’re allowed to cross the Channel to France, amid concern over a brand new, extra contagious, variant of the virus. They will need to have a unfavorable consequence from a take a look at throughout the previous 72 hours earlier than they’re allowed into the nation.
The method has now created a backlog of round 5,000 HGVs ready to enter France. The Division for Transport (DfT) stated 3,800 lorries have been parked on a disused airfield web site at Manston as of Wednesday morning.
Polish lorry driver Greg Baranski, 39, has been ready on the airfield for the previous two days. He stated: ‘My scenario shouldn’t be good. I’ve been ready right here for about two days, and we have no idea what’s going to occur subsequent.
They will need to have a unfavorable take a look at consequence throughout the previous 72 hours (Image: Getty Pictures)
‘We’re ready for a take a look at for coronavirus, after once we are unfavorable we will go to Dover and cross the channel and return residence. However it’s too late now, due to Christmas coming after tomorrow.
‘Which means it doesn’t matter for us, 100% now we gained’t make it residence for Christmas. I’m not glad. My household are ready for me however in all probability I will probably be residence after Christmas.’
France closed its borders amid concern over a brand new Covid pressure (Image: Reuters)
There’s now a backlog of round 5,000 HGVs ready in Kent (Image: AFP)
Mr Baranski claimed there have been simply two meals vehicles obtainable on the airfield, and stated drivers have been having to attend round two hours within the rain for a meal. He went on: ‘Folks listed below are from Romania, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, and we’re all actually indignant and hungry.’
Some lorry drivers on the entrance of the Port of Dover’s Japanese Docks have begun protesting over the continuing scenario. Van driver Emil Liveu, who’s transporting parcels from the UK to Romania, has been caught within the UK and sleeping in his cab since 10pm on Sunday night time.
He stated: ‘They informed me I have to get a Covid take a look at to cross the border. I discovered a non-public take a look at, I paid for it, they provide me the take a look at, I come again right here and so they informed me no.’
He added: ‘It’s arduous to pay for a lodge when you have got paid £130 for the take a look at, cash for diesel, paying for the motorway. We’re caught right here. No bathroom, no meals.’
Drivers have been sleeping of their cabs (Image: EPA)
Freight Lorries and HGVs stacked at Manston Airport (Image: AFP)
On making it again residence to Romania for Christmas, he stated: ‘If I depart now, perhaps I’ll get again. However to be sincere, I don’t suppose I’ve any likelihood.
‘I’ve a small child at residence, it could be first our Christmas collectively, however that’s it, I suppose we’ll do it on Fb. Everyone seems to be hoping as a result of there are lots of people right here with youngsters.’
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