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Tailbacks of up to four hours are plaguing drivers this morning (Picture: Getty Images)

A critical incident has been declared at the Port of Dover with bosses claiming they have been ‘let down’ by border controls.

Huge queues of up to four hours have halted journey plans this morning.

Travellers have now been urged to allow extra time due to the delays.

In a statement, Port of Dover bosses said: ‘We are deeply frustrated that the resource at the French border overnight and early this morning has been woefully inadequate to meet our predicted demand and even more deeply regret the consequences that will now be felt by so many.’

Due to the ‘new world of post-Brexit and Covid checks’ port authorities said they had taken extra measures to prepare for the start of the school holidays.

Their statement added: ‘We know that resource is finite, but the popularity of Dover is not a surprise. Regrettably, the PAF resource has been insufficient and has fallen far short of what is required to ensure a smooth first weekend of the peak summer getaway period.

‘We will continue to work with all Kent partners to look after those caught up in the current situation, which could and should have been avoided, and play our part in resolving it as soon as possible.’

Drivers have taken to social media to vent their frustration at standstill traffic and lengthy tailbacks.

One driver tweeted: ‘A20 complete standstill. 3 hours now and still at St James shopping area. Utterly atrocious.’

Others have added ‘Brexit is the gift that keeps giving.’

Ferry companies are currently scrambling to reschedule passengers on later services due to the delay.

One customer wrote: ‘I’m booked onto 8am ferry from Dover and it’s total gridlock. Moved 50 metres per hour. At this rate it’ll be 34 hours before I get to the port! I have a screaming toddler and 3 month old.’

Doug Bannister, CEO of the Port of Dover, spoke to the BBC this morning and said they had been ‘badly let down’ by French border controls in Dover.

He added the checks were ‘insufficiently resourced’.

Earlier this morning, Port of Dover Travel tweeted: ‘Due to delays at French border controls prior to check-in please allow extra time for your journey. Please contact your ferry operator for info on check-in times.

‘The Port of Dover and our partners are working hard to get you on your way swiftly. Thank you for your patience.’

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