What the port of Dover looked like as non-quarantine travel finally resumed – .

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What the port of Dover looked like as non-quarantine travel finally resumed – .


The port of Dover has been photographed nearly empty as journeys without quarantine return to France.
Road authorities had previously feared the worst, spending £ 196,000 to erect concrete barriers on the M20 in mid-July.

They had said the decision to implement Operation Brock – a backwash system that allows trucks to queue on the coastal side – was made due to the return of non-quarantine travel.

Read more: The secret beaches of Dover deserted on a hot summer day

It was good that France remained on the orange-plus list at the time.




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Traffic remained clear in the event – and the M20 was closed again to remove barriers last weekend.

Travel restrictions in France were then removed, with the first arrivals on Eurostar taking place on Sunday morning (August 8).

And the port of Dover looked remarkably calm when MyDover visited yesterday (August 9)



Check-in lanes were completely empty at points

At one point there was a small line of tourists on the check-in lanes, but a few minutes later they were completely empty again.

The boarding lanes in the port also showed that freight traffic massively exceeded tourist traffic.



There was also not much tourist traffic in the boarding lanes.

Only a handful of non-freight vehicles were waiting to board at most of the berths.

Removing travel restrictions means anyone who has received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine no longer has to self-isolate upon return.

Anyone who is not vaccinated needs a negative test result and a certificate providing a compelling reason to travel.

It comes shortly after a new ferry called The Côte d’Opale – the largest operating in the English Channel – made its maiden voyage last week.

In less positive news for the Dover to Calais route, the future looks bleak for foot passenger services.

Previously, people could get to the port by train, on foot or by bus, then take a special bus on P&O Ferries.

But the ferry operator has suspended service during the pandemic.

When MyDover asked if the rumors that the service would be canceled indefinitely, P&O only replied that it was “under review”.



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