Sunday, August 7, 2022

TRAFFIC MELTDOWN Urgent warning to drivers after RAC breakdown teams WILL NOT rescue stranded motorists due to queues near Dover

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DRIVERS stranded in nightmarish queues at Dover WILL NOT be rescued by the RAC if they break down this weekend.

Roads around the port of Kent have been “collapsed” for days as families head out for the summer holidays – some claim they waited 30 hours to board the ferries.

But anyone who is confronted with engine problems in traffic jams in the coming days cannot call for help.

The RAC has warned members that recovery trucks cannot get through traffic.

Instead, National Highways officials are expected to intervene, the Telegraph reports.

The state-owned agency responsible for England’s motorways and trunk roads says it will offer a free recovery service to drivers heading to Dover or the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone.

RAC’s Simon Williams said: “Drivers need to travel prepared and cars need to be in good shape.

“You should expect the worst as the likelihood of an increase in defaults is very high.

“It will sometimes be impossible for us to reach people because we also get stuck in queues and cannot drive on the hard shoulder.”

National Highways said it would step in and offer “statutory restores” should cars break down.

A spokesman said: “We have detailed plans to ensure that all incidents can be dealt with safely and quickly.”

Britons driving away via Kent have faced weeks of chaos, although the situation deteriorated drastically last Saturday.

Desperate families had to go to the roadside toilet. There were also reports that some holidaymakers passed out in the heat.

The queues are so long that it takes up to six hours to move just 75 meters.

A post-Brexit surge in border controls and French authorities’ understaffing of checkpoints in Dover have been blamed for the delays.

A “critical incident” was reported at the port earlier this month, with travelers being told to arrive six hours early.

The AA says there will be heavy traffic on roads across the country on both Saturday and Sunday.

The first ever “yellow alert” has been issued for queues.

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. it should be particularly gloomy.

The worst delays are expected along the M5, A303 and A30 for those heading towards Devon and Cornwall.

Delays may occur on the South West and West sections of the M25 and at the Bristol M4/M5 junction.

Those who drive on the M6, M42, M1 and M62 should also have problems.

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