Dover update: TAP in force again

The RHA understands that it is being reported Dover Traffic Access Protocol has been put in place again this morning with approximately 4-6 miles of freight traffic on the inside left lane approaching the port area.

26th January 2022 11:54 AM

Although, at the time of writing (26 January AM), Kent Highways has not officially confirmed that TAP is in place, several ferry operators have been on social media saying it has been activated.


We also understand that Eurotunnel is running with 5 Departures each way and is currently, at the time of writing (26 January AM) reported to be fluid, but that cross-channel operations are busy again today with queuing traffic on both sides of the channel which can be typical of a Wednesday and Thursday crossing under normal traffic flow.

Calais

There are also reports of some delays on the French side of the Channel crossing with delays of up to 60 minutes.

 

We also understand many of the issues around the current delays at the port are due to a number of factors, including scheduled maintenance of ferries, on-going roadworks in the Port area, processing times for freight, and other temporary factors including weekly traffic flow levels and localised road closures.

Local solutions

One local councillor and former transport portfolio holder, Nigel Collor, is calling on Dover District Council for a new solution to the issue ahead of further border checks expected later in the year.

He described the current TAP operation as making it “extremely difficult” for residents to access local facilities, and has said that TAP was in place on the A20 for nearly 33 continuous hours.

“Will the leader advise what steps this council is taking to keep the pressure up on finding a solution once and for all, as well as what steps were taken after the TAP trigger points were reached as well as advising the next steps after TAP is full?”