Travellers hit by traffic chaos at Dover as P&O crisis & bad weather causes huge queues and hours of delays

DRIVERS have been hit by travel chaos today as a mix of Operation Brock, the P&O crisis and bad weather wreaked havoc on Britain's roads.

Holidaymakers hoping to board boats at the Port of Dover have complained of a three hour wait.

Some schools have already broken up for the Easter Holidays – meaning many families hoping to get away for the week are being affected.

Lorry drivers have also been stuck in eight hour queues as day two of Operation Brock rumbles on.

Kent Police launched the scheme to stack HGVs heading to the coast on the M20 in an attempt to ease congestion.

But there are now severe delays on the motorway, which has caused a knock-on effect on the A2, A20 and surrounding villages.

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A combination of bad weather and the P&O scandal is also to blame for the severe delays.

Services remain suspended on ferries between Dover and Calais and Cairnryan and Larne after all 800 crew were made redundant.

Poor weather conditions have caused DFDS to run a severely reduced service between Dover and Calais, and Dover and Dunkirk.

Travellers have also been warned Irish Ferries services has been affected by the weather.

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It comes after huge delays on the M20 and M2 yesterday saw drivers stuck in traffic for most of the day.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: "We are aware of queues at Dover, and the Kent Resilience Forum and local partners are working to minimise any disruption by deploying temporary traffic-management measures as standard."

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