Brexit: Fresh concerns about freight delays at Dover

Dover, UK: Lorries could face a two-day delay at Dover in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to new government documents seen by Sky News. The documents are understood to have been drawn up over the last two weeks , based on current government policy and preparation levels. The analysis, commissioned by the Department for Transport (DfT) suggests that:

o On day one of a no-deal Brexit, the worst-case scenario would be a two-day maximum delay for freight and vehicles at Dover and an average wait of one-and-a-half days (a possible pile-up of up to 8,000 vehicles)
o Even with a best case scenario vehicles will be waiting for two to three hours, with 50% of vehicles waiting for at least eight hours. Many haulage companies, faced with lengthy new processing periods, will simply cancel their vehicles’ journeys (and with them their cargo) because of long waiting times. Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told Sky News that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps should explain the situation to parliament: “If in two months all of this comes about they (the government) will be held responsible.

I think the transport secretary ought to stand up in parliament and make a statement about it.”

Rod McKenzie, managing director of policy and public affairs at the Road Haulage Association, told Sky News: “The sort of delays that Sky News is reporting at the moment would be crippling to many sections of the British industry and the supply chain on which we all depend.

“For example the things that we get in the shops, perishables, foods and so forth, we simply cannot afford to have them sitting in a traffic jam for 48 hours.”

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