Truckers stuck in giant traffic jam after France halts travel over British COVID outbreak

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Thousands of lorries were still stuck at a former airport near Dover, Europe’s busiest truck port on Wednesday, December 24, despite traffic starting to flow again across the Channel between Britain and France.

Huge queues of trucks were parked up at Manston, 20 miles away from Dover, in the south east county of Kent, with a ‘help’ sign made from traffic cones visible from the air.

France and many other countries halted passenger traffic from Britain because of an outbreak of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus identified by British authorities.

London and Paris negotiated a deal to allow certain categories of people to travel from Britain to France.

Thousands of trucks are waiting to cross the Channel with all drivers now required to test negative for Covid-19 before being allowed to proceed.

Britain’s transport minister Grant Schapps warned it could take days to clear the backlog of freight waiting to cross to France, the BBC reported.

Shapps said the UK-French border would remain open over Christmas in a bid to clear the backlog of trucks, the BBC added.

Lorries queue to enter the Port of Dover

Lorries queue on the M20 motorway to enter the Port of Dover following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, near Ashford, Britain, December 24, 2020.

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Cars wait to board a ferry at the Port of Dover

Cars wait to board a ferry at the Port of Dover

Cars wait to board a ferry at the Port of Dover, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Dover, Britain, December 24, 2020.

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French officials test drivers at the Port of Dover

French officials test drivers at the Port of Dover

French officials test drivers at the Port of Dover, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Dover, Britain, December 24, 2020.

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Cars wait to board a ferry at the Port of Dover

Cars wait to board a ferry at the Port of Dover

Cars wait to board a ferry at the Port of Dover, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Dover, Britain, December 24, 2020.

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