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Dover traffic chaos: The big clear-up as streets are cleaned of piles of rubbish


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Street cleaners have been hard at it this morning clearing litter as the port chaos slowly eases in Dover.

This worker was busy emptying a bin at the junction of Townwall Street and East Cliff which was overflowing with food wrappers, drinks bottles and general rubbish from the vehicles of queue-fatigued drivers.

This street cleaner is emptying bins that had spilled over with food wrappers, cans and bottles from the drivers who spent three nights in queues
This street cleaner is emptying bins that had spilled over with food wrappers, cans and bottles from the drivers who spent three nights in queues

Thousands of people saw in Christmas Eve parked up in Dover. It is their fourth morning here, and for many their fifth day on the road.

Throughout the public toilets in the port town remained shut.

Having relied on packaged food and drink, the litter piled up next to packed bins and along the streets, This was also at back streets East Cliff and Athol Terrace, just a stone's throw from the port where frustrations turned into clashes with police yesterday morning.

But one by one this morning litter bins were being emptied and bin bags were left alongside for collection later.

It's not yet known how soon the bags can be taken away.

That is usually done by the refuse lorries of contractors Veolia. Yet roads here remain impassable with the port-bound A20 Townwall Street and Snargate Street still clogged up.

Bins were overflowing all along the port approach road. This one was at Athol Terrace in Dover
Bins were overflowing all along the port approach road. This one was at Athol Terrace in Dover
It is not known if the streets will be sanitised following reports of drivers urinating
It is not known if the streets will be sanitised following reports of drivers urinating

Again, just like yesterday and Tuesday, the tailbacks spread all the way up to both port approach roads including Jubilee Way for the A2.

Domestic roads are also jammed including Woolcomber Street, Maison Dieu Road, and Castle Hill.

Our reporter Sam Lennon who is back at the scene this morning, said: "Road sweepers are on their way to deal with the situation."

It is not known if sanitising of the streets will commence, where many drivers were seen urinating in the area.

Dover District Council has been contacted.

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