Freight News, Road, Sea

Glimmer of hope for stranded Kent truckers

[ December 23, 2020   //   ]

Covid testing is underway of drivers stranded on the approaches to Dover and Eurotunnel or at the Manston holding area, and the first vehicles have been released and boarded ferries reports freight booking agency Motis. However, the situation in Kent remains very difficult, it says. There is still a risk that it could take days for the backlog of around 8-10,000 trucks to be removed.  

The main access road to the Port in Dover remains blocked and drivers have been protesting about lack of information.  However at around 15.30 a mobile Covid test unit arrived at the port entrance and testers will be making their way through the drivers so vehicles can start to make their way to the port and clear the entrance road.  Testers are also going from vehicle to vehicle on the queue of waiting trucks on the M20.

The port of Dover is due to close tomorrow (24 December) at 14.30 for Christmas but there is a possibility that ferry operators will sail on Christmas day.  Eurotunnel operates a reduced service on Christmas day but is reported to be trying to increase this.