Holiday travel hell finally subsides in Dover – but moves to Channel Tunnel after lorry chaos on M20

HOLIDAY travel hell finally eased at Dover yesterday – but moved on to the nearby Channel Tunnel.

Traffic jams overwhelmed the Eurotunnel car terminal in Folkestone, Kent, after part of the M20 was closed to park 600 lorries.

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Holiday travel hell finally eased in Dover yesterdayCredit: PA
But traffic jams have now overwhelmed the Eurotunnel car terminal in Folkestone, Kent

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But traffic jams have now overwhelmed the Eurotunnel car terminal in Folkestone, KentCredit: Paul Edwards

It was a backlash to the nightmare that gripped the Port of Dover on Friday and Saturday – with ferries struggling to clear the freight backlog.

Holidaymaker Manesh Luthra was one of thousands who got stuck in queues for the tunnel.

He said: “It was the worst 21 hours we have had. We moved a few meters in hours.

Teacher trainer Marc Naylor said he only covered two miles in 21 hours, adding: ‘We are finally on a train.

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“Three and a half hours left to get to the other side but it will be bliss compared to the last day.”

The AA has warned drivers heading to Folkestone to be prepared for a long wait.

It read: ‘Dover has recovered, but Folkestone has become the hot spot of holiday hell.’

Eurotunnel operator Getlink said it was at full capacity and tickets for latecomers would be honoured.

With congestion cleared at Dover, the average wait was reduced to less than an hour yesterday.

The day before, some travelers sat in their cars for seven hours due to a shortage of French passport control staff.

Ajmal Yavazi, 31, who drove from west London yesterday, said he had no delays, adding: “It was good.”