Holidaymakers are facing days of misery after police warned disruption on the roads to Dover could last until Monday.
Tens of thousands of people making their way to the Port of Dover have been stuck in traffic for more than 15 hours – with many forced to sleep in their cars overnight.
The reason for the delays was heightened French security on this side of the channel.
Questions have now been raised as to staffing levels to cope with a deluge of some 250,000 holidaymakers coupled with stringent security checks put in place by French authorities at the port in the wake of the terror attack in Nice last week.
Port authorities said French border control booths at Dover had been ‘seriously understaffed’ overnight on Friday, with just three of the seven passport control booths open.
At the height of the chaos, just one member of the French border force was checking passengers’ passports on hundreds of coaches – taking 40 minutes to check each coach.
While this obviously does not rise to the level of suttee a little bit of Napier would go down well here.
A mutter in the shell-like of the Frog bureaucrat (and, assuredly, the union rep) responsible for workplace scheduling that we are currently printing up 250,000 copies of their home addresses to distribute to the waiting crowd should work wonders.