It was an IT failure which did it for for Dover passengers this weekend, after last week’s border queue chaos.
Also, Chris Meeke literally flies over Finland’s legendary Ouninpohja stage. And, it was a bad weekend for ports, coaches, and ports and coaches.
IT TROUBLE SPARKS MAJOR DOVER DELAY OVERNIGHT
Ironically, the big weekend getaway goes without a hitch after last week’s chaos.
There was a beautiful sunrise over Dover this morning but it had been a torrid night for passengers.
A check-in system failure at DFDS late yesterday afternoon was only fixed at midnight.
DFDS said this morning, ‘Sincere apologies to all caught in traffic in and around Dover last night. IT issue meant it took longer than normal to check customers in.’
Queues built up on the A20 and A2 throughout the evening, topping out at five hours and 90 minutes respectively in the early hours.
Though the roads into the port cleared relatively quickly, drivers still faced a two hour delay in the port itself first thing – though that dropped to 90 minutes at 09:00.
Delays were completely gone by 10:30, and A20 TAP freight traffic management was lifted.
The big fear ahead of the weekend had been a repeat of last weekend’s border chaos in Dover which, ironically, passed off without major delay despite this weekend being one of the year’s busiest.
roundup: Dover wasn’t the only European port having a torrid time yesterday – 77 passengers were ‘forced to flee’ after WW2 ammunition exploded as they boarded a Corsica Line ferry to Sardinia in Marseille yesterday morning. The incident was first reported by Emergenza24 with the details fleshed out later by the Daily Mail. It comes after it emerged ‘dozens of reinforcements’ – police and soldiers – have been sent to Calais to prevent a possible ISIS terror outrage on board a UK-bound ferry. ‘An attack at sea on a ferry is something twisted terrorists want to do because they know the rescue would be slower than on dry land,’ a counter terror source told the Sunday Mirror. Photos last year showed British special forces training for a ferry hijack in Scotland. Meanwhile, it was also a bad weekend for coaches. A bus carrying Ukrainian tourists crashed and overturned on its way to Norway’s Trollstigen road on Saturday night. One man was killed and fourteen hospitalised says Kyiv Post. The incident occurred after the vehicle collided with a passenger car – driven by an off-duty police officer says The Local Norway – on the route 63 in Valldal valley 550km from Oslo, which leads to Trollstigen. Also on Saturday, Italian state police published a 3D video reconstruction of the 2013 Avellino coach disaster in which 40 people died. After crashing into a number of cars, the bus plunged 30m off a viaduct, apparently after a component failure. The day before, a Dutch coach driver got himself fired after being filmed playing Pokemon behind the wheel. The footage was downloaded more than 50 million times reports The Irish Times. Finally, a group of Asian tourists combined the weekend’s port and coach trouble. Their bus in Turku harbour, Finland, was target of a violent robbery on Sunday morning reports YLE News. The tour leader had €8000 cash stolen.