Thousands are stuck in Dover for 19 HOURS waiting for ferries in Easter hell

THOUSANDS of people were trapped in Easter escape hell yesterday, some waiting 19 hours for ferries.

Additional sailings ran through the night to try to clear the backlog Dover that had stranded passengers.

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Thousands of people were trapped in Easter holiday hell yesterday, some waiting 19 hours for ferriesCredit: PA
Additional sailings ran throughout the night to try and clear the backlog at Dover which had stranded passengers.

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Additional sailings ran throughout the night to try and clear the backlog at Dover which had stranded passengers.Credit: Chris Eades

But yesterday there was still massive chaos – especially with coaches being hit by traffic trying to leave France.

By evening, 121 buses had passed through the port, with another 100 to go.

Ferry operators HR and DFDS first reported disruption on Friday evening.

Officials added that ferry companies had received 15 percent more bus bookings than expected during the Easter break.

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A school coach arrived in Dover at 4pm on Saturday and had still not come through at 11am yesterday.

Katie Brewar, a teacher who took 40 students on a skiing trip in the Alps, told of a 19-hour wait.

They left Wrexham at 7am on Saturday, but were still in Dover yesterday morning. It was understood that they had eventually come through.

She said Sky News: “We arrived at the port at 4pm last night, we were placed in a waiting area, but there was no toilet.

“P&O gave us some KitKats. There was no water. We told the kids to prepare, but this is a pretty dire situation.

Officials added that ferry companies had received 15 percent more bus bookings than expected during the Easter break

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Officials added that ferry companies had received 15 percent more bus bookings than expected during the Easter breakCredit: PA