Published: 11:16, 22 December 2020
| Updated: 11:54, 22 December 2020
Truckers in Dover are fit to burst with sheer frustration as they remain stuck in queues amid another day of closed border chaos.
They are shouting, chanting, honking horns and enraged with each other and authorities as they remain kettled in with no food, drink or toileting facilities.
The drivers, along with the rest of Kent, await word from France that our borders will reopen today but the "extraordinary" situation is reportedly getting worse by the hour.
Our reporter Sam Lennon is at the Port of Dover, and as a Dover resident himself says: " I've never seen anything like this before."
"This is extraordinary. Townwall Street is left with parked lorries on the both sides.
"Lorries, vehicles, caravans, vans are simply parked inside either side of Townwall Street but the second lane is free for cars to get through."
"I spoke to a German man who says local authorities should be providing teas coffees and toilet facilities. He's okay, he's got a hotel. but for others it's inhumane."
East Cliff resident Mrs Denise Smith 79, said: "We're actually used to this. We have disruption when the French fishermen strike and when there are demonstrations like from the left and right wing and animal rights people.
"But this is worse than usual.
"We had to call the police last night because of parking problems these vehicles were causing. One van was across my driveway."
East Cliff resident Steven West said: "It doesn't affect me too much.
"The only annoying thing is when the drivers sound their horns.
"But I feel sorry for them being stuck here."
For the main part of yesterday port traffic was queued from Junctions 8 to 11 meaning Dover escaped the choking queues.
But as Operation Stack was stood down and replaced by Operation Brock, they edged forward creating a wall of lorries on both sides of the A20 from Townwall Street.
That wall is still in place, managed by police.
There was confusion last night after Boris Johnson said at a Downing Street press briefing the number of lorries waiting on the M20 had been reduced from 500 to 170, but Highways England later said Kent Police had told them there were 900 lorries parked on the motorway as of 6pm.
Due to last for an initial 48 hours, the ban was announced on Sunday evening which would mean borders should open up at midnight tonight if not before.