More and more trucks from the English coasts, where they have been stuck since Monday, disembark in Calais on Friday, according to the port management which foresees a situation “completely resolved” Saturday in the day.
“Yesterday, we recorded traffic of 1,000 heavy goods vehicles coming from Dover (Great Britain). This morning, at 10.00 am, 550 heavy goods vehicles have already returned from Great Britain. At this rate, the situation should be completely absorbed tomorrow in the day “, told AFP the deputy managing director of the company which operates the ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer, Benoît Rochet.
Exceptionally, the port remains open and the ferry companies are working on Christmas Day, taking vehicles only in the Dover-Calais direction. Many heavy goods vehicles sped directly on the highway once arrived, without creating any slowdowns, noted an AFP correspondent.
On the side of the Channel Tunnel, the concession company Getlink (Eurotunnel) which operates it said that 1,942 trucks returned to France on Thursday, and 478 on Friday at 11:00 am. By midday Thursday, there were 3,200 trucks left on site and at least 1,800 drivers had already been tested, according to the British military.
Thousands of drivers found themselves stranded when France, worried about a new strain of the potentially more contagious novel coronavirus identified in the south-east of England, closed its borders to arrivals from the United Kingdom at midnight on Sunday. Including Dover, the main cross-Channel port, and the neighboring tunnel, through which thousands of heavy goods vehicles circulate every day.
If France has allowed traffic to resume Wednesday morning, it requires a negative test, requiring days of work to check the positive or negative status of the Covid. Twenty-five Pas-de-Calais firefighters are on site Friday to carry out tests on French nationals, the departmental fire and rescue service said on social networks. Thursday, 25 firefighters from the North and members of Civil Protection made the round trip.