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.
The Dover Traffic Access Protocol (TAP) scheme on the A20 at Aycliffe has been implemented due to heavy freight volumes. This is to prevent Portbound traffic from disrupting the local road network and the A20 through Dover town.: https://t.co/kQKK5SQxY0
— KCC Highways (@KentHighways) February 1, 2022
Meanwhile, Eurotunnel is also signalling high volumes of traffic.
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.
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).
Freight traffic is busy with TAP in place.
Dover<>Calais departures are operating with a delay of up to 45 minutes of the advertised schedule.
-Cote Des Flandres 09:55 ex Dover estimated delay up to 45 minutes.
Current freight check in time:
Dover-Calais 09:55 pic.twitter.com/3cnvt2eQKE
— DFDSChnlFreight (@DFDSChnlFreight) February 1, 2022
Checking in: 09:15 – On Time
Dover TAP: In Use
Buffer Zone: In Use
Check in: Major Queues#POCALAIS
Checking in: 11:10 – On Time
Approach Roads: Clear
Check In: Minor Queues
Border Controls: Minor Queues
— P&O Ferries Freight (@POFerriesFR8) February 1, 2022
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.”