Dover: TAP deployed as heavy freight volumes reported

The Dover Traffic Access Protocol (TAP) has been deployed again this morning as the port is currently experiencing high volumes of heavy freight transport.

1st February 2022 10:24 AM

Kent Highways made the update about TAP at around 6:30am with it applied on the A20 at Aycliffe due to heavy freight volumes.

The move was made to prevent port-bound traffic from disrupting the local road network and the A20 through Dover town, it said.

Eurotunnel

Meanwhile, Eurotunnel is also signalling high volumes of traffic.

Signatures

There have been reports that UK exporters have said that customs officials on the French side were requesting a wet signature on border documents for shipments of animals and plant products from the UK, despite much of the documentation being produced digitally – creating unexpected hold-ups.

The RHA understands that annual ferry maintenance, roadworks on the A20 and port area, and a continuation of getting to grips with the new systems has created some of the issues around delays as well.

Ferries

Ferry operators are also reporting delays on services with some appearing to be around 45 minutes behind schedule at the time of writing (1 February AM).

Port

Last week (25 January), The Port of Dover also released a statement that TAP would continue to be deployed in order to help manage traffic flows into the Port of Dover and protect local roads from congestion by freight traffic.

It said: “Customers are asked to prepare accordingly and allow plenty of time for their journey during a period when several ferries being away on refit and external highway works have impacted operational capacity alongside more burdensome border control processes.”