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Thousands of Liverpool fans and half-term holidaymakers stuck in long queue at Dover

Liverpool FC fans travelling to France for the Champions League final and families going on holiday for half-term face long queues in Dover.

Thousands of fans went to the port in Kent on Friday to board ferries to Paris, ahead of Saturday’s match against Real Madrid.

Ferries were extra busy and there were long queues to get into the port, with families travelling to the continent during the school holidays.

Liam Devlin, who was among those queuing in the port, wrote on Twitter: “Absolute chaos at the Port of Dover.

“Taking around three hours to get through to the gates to even board any ferry, double the amount of time they advise.

“No organisation whatsoever. Shambles.”

Irish Ferries warned customers to expect delays of “up to three hours” through port security and check-in.

P&O Ferries added that traffic on a key road into Dover port was “at a standstill” and there were also long queues on the A20 approaching the town.

It added: “Traffic is expected to remain heavy today.”

Another operator wrote on Twitter that people should “allow 120 minutes” to complete check-in and to have “all travel documents to hand”.

“We are aware of our lovely customers queuing in the port. We’ll accommodate you on the next available departure,” it added.

Liverpool fans are expected to descend on Paris in their thousands, as the club hopes to complete win their third trophy of the season.

While many travelled to France via Dover others chose to fly to Paris, with Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Gatwick, Manchester, Stanstead and Bristol all busy.

A passenger arriving at Stansted described being “stuck” in the queue for passport checks “for hours”, adding: “What kind of welcome is that to visitors?”

A total of 24 flights are scheduled to leave the airport for the French capital this week and Saturday will be the busiest day, with 11 flights.

The RAC has issued a warning over motorway congestion, as almost 18 million are expected to take to the road Between Friday and Saturday.

Spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Major routes to holiday destinations will start to clog up.

“Drivers can beat the worst of the queues by planning the time of their trips carefully.

“An early start is always best or, failing that, driving at dusk if that’s a feasible option.”

Mr Dennis also urged motorists to carry out pre-journey checks such as oil and coolant levels and tyre pressures to “cut the chances of becoming a breakdown statistic”.



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