Dover delays: 'A complete fiasco' - MP Charlie Elphicke blasts Home Office and Department of Transport over handling of port traffic situation

'A complete fiasco' - Charlie Elphicke MP blasts Home Office and Department of Transport over handling of Dover port traffic situation

Disruption around the port in Dover lasted the whole weekend

Monday, July 25, 2016

Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has lambasted the Home Office and Department of Transport over their handling of the traffic chaos around the port of Dover over the weekend.

A combination of the first weekend of school holidays, generally heavy traffic and heightened French security on the UK side of the English Channel in the aftermath of the terror attack in Nice, motorists were caught in severe traffic delays which lasted for the entire weekend.

Queues eased this morning, but Highways England have warned of further disruption which "could last for weeks".

"The handling of the whole weekend, and the way the situation was allowed to develop, was a complete fiasco," Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal, told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"The port authority warned the Home Office and the Department of Transport this was likely to happen. 

"We should have been prepared. We've had a nightmare on our roads.

"We need to see proper investment in Dover and in the port."

Listen to the whole interview above