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Ferries to and from Port of Dover delayed by high winds

Travellers hoping to travel between Dover and France are facing delays of over two hours as high winds continue to disrupt ferry times.

Wind speeds in the channel are currently at up to 35 knots (40mph), with gusts of 44 knots (50mph) according to a Marine weather forecast.

Waves are currently at almost six metres tall, making sea travel very difficult.

Ferries out of the Port of Dover are experiencing delays. Photo: Countrywide Photographic
Ferries out of the Port of Dover are experiencing delays. Photo: Countrywide Photographic

Because of this, both P&O Ferries and DFDS UK have been reporting delays since this morning, with the weather and the backlog meaning waiting times have continued to increase.

DFDS UK announced at 10:35am that they are experiencing delays of around two hours to both Calais and Dunkirk.

In a series of tweets, P&O have also confirmed that due to both high winds in the channel and harbour movements in the ports, they are currently experiencing a departures delay of 150 minutes.

In addition, there is significant congestion on the A20 eastbound between the junctions with the A256 and the A2.

There is also a delay of over an hour- a minimum of 70 minutes to be exact - at border control, meaning that many people are facing missing their boat all-together.

However, if this is to happen, anyone who misses a sailing will be put on the next available departure.

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