Thousand of motorists trying to get to the Continent on holiday drove into Britain's chief Channel port of Dover on Sunday(23 July) causing a paralysing jam of cars over nine miles (14 km) long.
GV Cars at Dover for channel ferry (2 shots)
Travelling Shot. Traffic along road into Dover
TGV Cars & caravans by pier (2 shots)
SCU Man sleeping in car
SCU Couple sleeping in car
MV People playing cards on bonnet of car
GV Care & bue into terminal
GV Ferry with cars leaving pier(2 shots)
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Background: Thousand of motorists trying to get to the Continent on holiday drove into Britain's chief Channel port of Dover on Sunday(23 July) causing a paralysing jam of cars over nine miles (14 km) long.
All the ferries operated by British Rail had been fully booked and despite warnings that those without reservations stood no chance of getting on board, thousands of hopeful motorists turned up blocking roads in and around the town.
Hundreds of drivers who had made reservations were unable to get through the jame. Finally, the ferry operators ???uapended reservations and let those first in line on board.
The situation was further complicated by morning fog that caused the ferries to sail up to four hours later.
SYNOPSIS: In one of Britain's worst traffic jams, thousands of motorist paralysed the Channel port of Dover on Sunday, though warned that ferry services were fully booked. Hundreds of people who held reservations on British Rail ferries were unable to get through the massive crush of cars over nine miles long.
Even the cars that could make it to pier-side had long delays as fog had already held up ferry operations for four hours. Some passed the time relaxing in their cars, others spent the time in more rewarding pursuits.
Finally ferry operators suspended all reservations allowing those at the front of the line to board the ferries to help ease the massive traffic jam. But for many the wait was fruitless and they were forced to turn around and head for home.