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1,600 truck drivers are still waiting to cross the canal after spending Christmas Day in taxis


Around 1,600 truck drivers are still waiting to cross the canal after spending Christmas Day in their taxis separated from their families, but more are arriving "every hour".

Despite efforts to help those stranded in their trucks get home before Christmas, thousands still waited yesterday as 800 military personnel were drafted to clear the blockades in Kent.

More than 15,000 Covid-19 tests were carried out to evacuate the trucks with only 36 positive results, as the French are demanding a negative Covid test from drivers before they are allowed to cross the border.

Hundreds of soldiers were deployed as part of the repatriation operation after French Covid-19 restrictions, which temporarily banned UK cargo, caused serious disruption in the port of Dover ahead of Christmas Day.

France imposed a travel ban on Sunday after a rapidly spreading mutant strain was discovered in the UK. Truck drivers had to wait at a rest stop in Folkestone, Kent. A Polish driver was so bored that he made a makeshift Christmas tree out of empty Heineken cans.

Around 1,600 truck drivers are still waiting to cross the canal after spending Christmas Day in their taxis separated from their families, but more are arriving "every hour".

Kent residents helped feed drivers by lowering bags of groceries from highway bridges.

Grant Shapps previously confirmed that more than 10,000 Covid-19 tests have been carried out by authorities in Dover, with only 24 positive cases found – around 0.24 percent of those tested.

He added, "A big thank you for the tireless efforts of our troops, police officers, civilian testers, council planners, and port and ferry workers who gave up their Christmas to bring people home."

Around 3,000 trucks are still waiting to cross the border into France after another 800 military personnel were drafted for the Covid-19 tests. Pictured: Army delivers tests on Christmas Day

Around 3,000 trucks are still waiting to cross the border into France after another 800 military personnel were drafted for the Covid-19 tests. Pictured: Army delivers tests on Christmas Day

Despite massive efforts to provide coronavirus tests to truck drivers stranded in Kent, some 3,000 carried out by Army personnel on Friday (pictured) are still around 3,000 stranded

Despite massive efforts to provide coronavirus tests to truck drivers stranded in Kent, some 3,000 carried out by Army personnel on Friday (pictured) are still around 3,000 stranded

More than 10,000 tests have been run with only 24 positive results as France continues to require drives to return a negative test before crossing the line

More than 10,000 tests have been run with only 24 positive results as France continues to require drives to return a negative test before crossing the line

Although 4,500 trucks have crossed the canal since Wednesday, the Department of Defense told The Sun that more vehicles were arriving "every hour".

Around 1,100 British military personnel were sent to Kent as part of Operation Rose to conduct Covid tests, direct traffic, distribute food and organize social services to 5,000 waiting truck drivers.

Traffic ran smoothly through the port on Friday morning. 30 French firefighters were also dispatched to help the military test drivers for coronavirus. The Polish Defense Minister said his country would also send 60 soldiers to the Territorial Army.

Photos from the M20 show stacks of groceries being delivered to stranded truckers by the public, while others brought fish and chips to more than 300 drivers on Christmas Day.

Many stranded drivers spent Christmas in their truck cabins. Pictured: The M20 yesterday morning on Christmas Day

Many stranded drivers spent Christmas in their truck cabins. Pictured: The M20 yesterday morning on Christmas Day

Soldiers stand at the entrance to the port of Dover amid the coronavirus outbreak in the UK on Christmas Day

Soldiers stand at the entrance to the port of Dover amid the coronavirus outbreak in the UK on Christmas Day

A Polish truck driver who has made a makeshift Christmas tree out of empty Heineken cans waits at a rest stop near Folkestone, Kent

A Polish truck driver who has made a makeshift Christmas tree out of empty Heineken cans waits at a rest stop near Folkestone, Kent

Resident Suki Abbott is handing out provisions to truck drivers who are still queuing on the M20 motorway

Resident Suki Abbott is handing out provisions to truck drivers who are still queuing on the M20 motorway

Pictured: food packages being delivered to truck drivers by members of the public who remain trapped on the M20 in Kent today

Pictured: food packages being delivered to truck drivers by members of the public who remain trapped on the M20 in Kent today

Members of the public deliver food to stalled truck drivers on the M20 in Kent by rope from motorway bridges

Members of the public deliver food to stalled truck drivers on the M20 in Kent by rope from motorway bridges

A mother and child wearing Christmas hats look at trucks parked on the M20 that is part of Operation Stack in Ashford, Kent

A mother and child wearing Christmas hats look at trucks parked on the M20 that is part of Operation Stack in Ashford, Kent

Some drivers have been stranded in Manston for almost a week due to the diplomatic impasse after the French closed their borders (picture on Christmas Day)

Some drivers have been stranded in Manston for almost a week due to the diplomatic impasse after the French closed their borders (picture on Christmas Day)

Thousands wait to continue their journey across the canal as Covid tests are conducted by an international task force

Thousands are waiting to continue their journey across the canal on Christmas Day after the borders with France reopen

Thousands are waiting to continue their journey across the canal on Christmas Day after the borders with France reopen

Grant Shapps confirmed yesterday that more than 10,000 Covid-19 tests have been carried out by authorities in Dover, with only 24 positive cases found - around 0.24 percent of those tested

Grant Shapps confirmed yesterday that more than 10,000 Covid-19 tests have been carried out by authorities in Dover, with only 24 positive cases found – around 0.24 percent of those tested

James Heappey MP, Minister for the Armed Forces, called it a "fantastic international effort" in a tweet on Christmas Eve.

More than 700 hauliers have been cleared for departure since France reopened its border on Wednesday – and a choir of beeping horns rang out in Dover on Christmas Eve as those at the head of the queue celebrated finally leaving.

Despite some progress in examining drivers hiding in their vehicles at nearby Manston Airport, a disused airbase that has been converted into a temporary truck park, on an enclosed stretch of the M20, around 5,000 people still cannot track Come home in the city of Dover itself.

It is believed that up to 10,000 truck drivers once waited at the port and now a steady stream was flowing off while they tested negative for the virus.

Some have been stranded for almost a week due to the diplomatic impasse.

Southeastern Railway and Network Rail arranged for food to be delivered to truck drivers stuck on the M20 in Operation Brock. Seven trains with crates of groceries for the hauliers have left London in the past 48 hours and the Salvation Army has distributed the items.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We need to resolve the situation in Kent caused by the French government's sudden imposition of Covid restrictions as soon as possible.

“I sent special instructions to the Army today to take control of testing and truck management in the county. Our goal is to get foreign freight forwarders home with their families as quickly as possible.

"I know that many drivers have found it difficult to sit in their taxis at this precious time of year, but I assure them that we will do our best to get them home."

The Ministry of Transport (DfT) said all but three of the 2,367 coronavirus tests issued to hauliers were negative – a travel regulation introduced by French authorities.

Hundreds of stranded trucks can be seen on the M20 in Kent as they attempt to reach the port of Dover on Christmas Day

Hundreds of stranded trucks can be seen on the M20 in Kent as they attempt to reach the port of Dover on Christmas Day

The Ministry of Transport (DfT) said all but three of the 2,367 coronavirus tests issued to hauliers were negative - a travel regulation introduced by French authorities. Pictured: Dover Today

The Ministry of Transport (DfT) said all but three of the 2,367 coronavirus tests issued to hauliers were negative – a travel regulation introduced by French authorities. Pictured: Dover Today

Soldiers conduct a coronavirus test on a driver at the entrance to Dover Harbor in Kent on Christmas Day amid the pandemic

Soldiers conduct a coronavirus test on a driver at the entrance to Dover Harbor in Kent on Christmas Day amid the pandemic

The government said catering vans would provide complementary hot food and drinks to stranded shippers in Manston, with Kent Council and volunteer groups providing refreshments for those stuck on the M20

The government said catering vans would provide complementary hot food and drinks to stranded shippers in Manston, with Kent Council and volunteer groups providing refreshments for those stuck on the M20

Thousands remain trapped on the M20 in Kent trying to gain access to the port of Dover. Approximately 13 miles of traffic will be stopped

Thousands remain trapped on the M20 in Kent trying to gain access to the port of Dover. Approximately 13 miles of traffic will be stopped

Friendly locals Allan and Elizabeth Wilson from Lenham Forstal in Kent bring food to stranded truck drivers on the M20 in Kent. The packages contained a Christmas dinner with turkey rolls and drinks

Friendly locals Allan and Elizabeth Wilson from Lenham Forstal in Kent bring food to stranded truck drivers on the M20 in Kent. The packages contained a Christmas dinner with turkey rolls and drinks

A Port of Dover spokesman said ferry services ran throughout Christmas Eve night and would resume on Christmas Day to reduce congestion

A Port of Dover spokesman said ferry services ran throughout Christmas Eve night and would resume on Christmas Day to reduce congestion

The traffic at the Eurotunnel moved faster yesterday. Around 2,000 trucks are expected to leave on Thursday

The traffic at the Eurotunnel moved faster yesterday. Around 2,000 trucks are expected to leave on Thursday

Pictured: A truck driver stopped with a pack of pre-salted Walker chips as they approached the Dover port locations

Pictured: A truck driver stopped with a pack of pre-salted Walker chips as they approached the Dover port locations

On Christmas Day, trucks line up to check-in for the ferry in the port of Dover, Kent as thousands wait to continue their journey

On Christmas Day, trucks line up to check-in for the ferry in the port of Dover, Kent as thousands wait to continue their journey

Food is being delivered to thousands of truck drivers stuck near Dover harbor in Kent on Christmas Day

Food is being delivered to thousands of truck drivers stuck near Dover harbor in Kent on Christmas Day

A truck driver himself administers a coronavirus test on Christmas Day as the traffic starts moving slowly after the traffic jam

A truck driver himself administers a coronavirus test on Christmas Day as the traffic starts moving slowly after the traffic jam

The government said catering vans would provide complementary hot food and drinks to stranded shippers in Manston, with Kent Council and volunteer groups providing refreshments for those stuck on the M20.

There are more than 250 toilets in Manston. Another 32 portable toilets have been added to the existing facilities along the M20.

A Port of Dover spokesman said ferry services operated throughout Christmas Eve night and would resume on Christmas Day to reduce congestion.

The traffic at the Eurotunnel moved faster. Around 2,000 trucks are expected to leave on Thursday.

Duncan Buchanan, a Political Director for the Road Haulage Association, said, “The most comforting thing is that the food is coming through in Manston and I have to thank everyone who volunteered to help the drivers get it off in the cold keep out in the days before Christmas. & # 39;

Pictured: Groceries are being delivered by highway bridges to thousands of truck drivers who are stuck trying to get into Dover port

Pictured: Groceries are being delivered by highway bridges to thousands of truck drivers who are stuck trying to get into Dover port

A British soldier checks a driver's documents at the entrance to the port of Dover as the coronavirus breaks out in Dover

A British soldier checks a driver's documents at the entrance to the port of Dover as the coronavirus breaks out in Dover

This morning drivers were seen on the freeway getting out of their taxis to enjoy Christmas Day with fellow stranded drivers

This morning drivers were seen on the freeway getting out of their taxis to enjoy Christmas Day with fellow stranded drivers

Around 800 British military personnel were sent to Kent to do Covid tests, distribute food and organize social services for the stranded truckers. Pictured: Dover on Christmas Eve

Around 800 British military personnel were sent to Kent to do Covid tests, distribute food and organize social services for the stranded truckers. Pictured: Dover on Christmas Eve

The additional manpower means 1,100 soldiers are now part of the effort to clear the 4,000 trucks waiting to drive onto the continent. Pictured: Dover on Christmas Eve

The additional manpower means 1,100 soldiers are now part of the effort to clear the 4,000 trucks waiting to drive onto the continent. Pictured: Dover on Christmas Eve

The French are demanding a negative Covid test from truck drivers before they are allowed to cross the border after a travel ban has been introduced. Pictured: Dover on Christmas Eve

The French are demanding a negative Covid test from truck drivers before they are allowed to cross the border after a travel ban has been introduced. Pictured: Dover on Christmas Eve

Thousands are waiting to continue their journey across the canal after the borders with France reopened this week, but many didn't make it across the canal in time for Christmas

James Heappey MP, Minister of Defense, tweeted that 30 French firefighters and 60 Polish soldiers would join the military task force

Thousands are waiting to continue their journey across the canal after the borders with France reopened this week, but many didn't make it across the canal in time for Christmas. On December 24, MP James Heappey MP tweeted that 30 French firefighters and 60 Polish soldiers would join the military task force

British testers found just three Covid cases yesterday among more than 2,300 drivers wiped off on Christmas Eve.

It's been a busy week in the southern county – home of the UK's main port of Dover – after an estimated 10,000 truckers were involved in the mayhem.

It did after French President Emmanuel Macron ordered the border with Great Britain to be closed on Saturday after a new virulent strain of coronavirus was discovered in the UK.

Thousands of freight forwarders were parked at the disused Marston Airport, while hundreds more lined the M20 as part of Operation Stack. Everyone waited for a negative test result before they could make their way to the continent.

Kent villagers yesterday helped feed stranded truck drivers lined up on the highway by lowering bags of groceries from bridges.

People from Mersham, near Ashford, used ropes and shopping bags to deliver goods such as beans, fruit and candy to stranded truck drivers waiting for Covid tests.

Kind-hearted volunteers from the village of Faversham in Kent also delivered essential items to the truckers who were still stranded at Marston Airport.

Kent villagers are helping to feed stranded truck drivers lined up along the highway by lowering bags of groceries to them from bridges

They use rope and shopping bags to supply stranded truck drivers waiting for Covid tests with goods like beans, fruit and candy

Kent villagers are helping feed stranded truck drivers lined up along the highway by lowering bags of groceries to them from bridges. They use rope and shopping bags to supply stranded truck drivers waiting for Covid tests with goods like beans, fruit and candy

Villagers lower food from the M20 bridges near Ashford onto truckers stuck in Operation Stack while Domino delivers pizza

Villagers lower food from the M20 bridges near Ashford onto truckers stuck in Operation Stack while Domino delivers pizza

Hundreds of freight forwarders are standing on the M20 as part of Operation Stack, waiting for a negative test result before they can make their way to the continent

Hundreds of freight forwarders are standing on the M20 as part of Operation Stack, waiting for a negative test result before they can make their way to the continent

Faversham people are among the locals in Kent who have gathered to help the stranded truck drivers waiting to enter France to travel home

Faversham people are among the locals in Kent who have gathered to help the stranded truck drivers waiting to enter France to travel home

The volunteers delivered essential items such as toilet paper and water bottles. Mersham villagers also delivered groceries to motorists on the motorway by lowering packages from the motorway bridge

The volunteers delivered essential items such as toilet paper and water bottles. Mersham villagers also delivered groceries to motorists on the motorway by lowering packages from the motorway bridge

Hundreds of carriers are standing on the M20 as part of Operation Stack, waiting for a negative Covid test result before they can make their way to the continent

Bottled water, toilet paper and snacks were among the basic supplies handed to waiting drivers through the airport's perimeter fence.

Mersham residents Jan and David James also walked the lane between parked trucks to distribute food on Christmas Eve. The couple climbed over a barrier and went down a series of steps on the embankment to reach the street.

Jackie and Peter Bates also intervened to bring Christmas joy to the drivers.

Ms. James, 69, a former schoolteacher, told Kent Online, “We knocked on doors in Mersham and asked if people had any substitute foods and they were brilliant. They gave us a lot of food in bags and we then took it to the bridges.

“We had cans of beans, orange juice, fruit, cookies, chips and corn beef – everything the truck drivers could eat with their fingers, but I think most of them have cutlery anyway.

“A lot of drivers asked us how far away Tesco was and a lot of them went to the supermarket.

“We ended up running out of food, but we could have gone on and on – it was just something we had to do for the poor guys.

On Christmas Day, drivers take a walk on the freeway while their trucks are parked on the M20. More arrive to join the queue

On Christmas Day, drivers take a walk on the freeway while their trucks are parked on the M20. More arrive to join the queue

Drivers still stranded in Dover have written "help" using traffic cones after days of waiting in Kent

Drivers still stranded in Dover have written "help" using traffic cones after days of waiting in Kent

Hot curries for the truckers

The meals were cooked by volunteers

A Sikh charity in Kent prepared hot meals, including curries (pictured) and pasta dishes, which were distributed to desperate truckers on Tuesday and Wednesday

French firefighters (pictured) armed with 10,000 test kits have joined efforts to bring thousands of stranded truck drivers across the canal today. Up to 6,000 trucks are now stacked in Kent

French firefighters (pictured) armed with 10,000 test kits have joined efforts to bring thousands of stranded truck drivers across the canal today. Up to 6,000 trucks are now stacked in Kent

These Faversham volunteers are one of many Kent locals who have gathered to give the locals a festive gift before Christmas

These Faversham volunteers are one of many Kent locals who have gathered to give the locals a festive gift before Christmas

The drivers accepted the donations at the perimeter fence of the disused Marston Airport, which has become a temporary rest stop since the French border closed

The drivers accepted the donations at the perimeter fence of the disused Marston Airport, which has become a temporary rest stop since the French border closed

British testers trying to clean up a 6,000-strong backlog of trucks lining up to get to France have found only three Covid cases among the 2,364 drivers wiped so far

A THOUSAND Dominos pizzas are being delivered to stranded truckers standing alone in Kent before Christmas

A group of Sikh volunteers tried to lighten the mood of truck drivers stranded in Kent with a delivery of 1,000 domino pizzas in the ongoing border chaos.

Thousands of foreign drivers are likely to spend Christmas in the UK as the government has indicated that the lines will not move for at least another 24 hours.

Khalsa Aid volunteers coordinated deliveries yesterday after delivering hundreds of chickpea curries to stranded motorists the day before.

Sikh volunteers from Khalsa Aid and Domino & # 39; s Pizza Staff stand outside the Sittingbourne, Kent office to prepare for delivery of fresh pizza to stranded truck drivers

Sikh volunteers from Khalsa Aid and Domino & # 39; s Pizza Staff stand outside the Sittingbourne, Kent office to prepare for delivery of fresh pizza to stranded truck drivers

The Maidenhead volunteers traveled over 80 miles to help, while some of the group's Langar Aid members traveled more than 150 miles from Coventry.

Volunteers from Guru Nanak Darbar Temple in Gravesend cooked the meals while staff from the Salvation Army Southeast Division also helped with the delivery of food. Ramsgate Football Club was also involved, delivering 200 pizzas to the drivers.

Ravinder Singh, founder of Khalsa Aid based in Maidenhead, said, “We in Sikhism have the concept of langar, which means communal kitchen.

"We are British Sikhs and the least we can do is practice our seasonal goodwill: two days after Christmas we have people on our ground who are on their way home and don't know what is happening."

"As we were walking up the steps to the bridge, a whole group of them clapped us – it was pretty emotional."

Ms. James has lived in Mersham for 35 years and says residents regularly see drivers using the village as a rat race to avoid queues on the A20.

The grandmother of five said, “There was a language barrier – most of them could only say 'very, very thank you' but some of the French and Spanish I was able to pick up on.

"Many of them just smiled and put their hands together to say thank you – it was wonderful."

Ms. James praised the community and said it was "a quintessentially English village with a fantastic community spirit".

The villagers' actions were part of a wider effort to feed the desperate drivers this week.

On the M20, Kent County Council (KCC), with the help of Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) partners and organizations, including the Salvation Army, the Khalsa Aid and South East Water, provided the drivers with hot meals, sandwich food bags and drinking water.

A number of food donations from catering companies in the southeast are also transported to Ashford station by Network Rail and distributed by KRF partner Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Several supermarkets and businesses, including Greggs, Lidl, and the Imperial Hotel at Hythe, have also made donations.

As part of the KCC's efforts to ensure that the Operation Brock traffic management system staff are looked after, an additional 32 portable toilets have been installed between intersections 10a and 11, complementing the Portaloos that were made available on Monday at 1km intervals along this route. The toilets are cleaned every 12 hours.

While traffic queues decrease when drivers meet French COVID-19 testing requirements and are cleared to continue via either the Port of Dover or the Channel Tunnel, it remains important that people do not travel to Kent while the disruption continues.

KCC Leader Roger Gough said: “The kindness and humanity of people who have come together to offer prosperity to those involved in delays in the port of Dover and the Eurotunnel is amazing.

“I'd like to thank everyone who came out to help, including charities, companies, volunteer groups and of course our own driver teams.

& # 39; The situation should be steadily improving now as drivers get negative COVID-19 test results and can continue their trips to France by ferry or freight train. However, I have deep compassion for those for whom this is too late to spend Christmas with their families.

"I would also like to thank the Kent communities for their support and understanding at an extremely challenging time, and I hope that knowing that the disorder continues to improve is welcome good news."

This came after authorities criticized the treatment of the stranded drivers and the conditions at Marston Airfield.

Industry executives classified the treatment of stranded truckers as "shameful" earlier this week.

Richard Burnett, General Manager of the Road Haulage Association, said, “They will give the drivers two liters of water every day.

“We have to make sure that the drivers have enough food and water.

“Kent County Council gave granola bars yesterday morning, which wasn't enough.

He added, “Given that the government has been trying to prepare for the transition in eight days, you would have expected these plans to be well rehearsed.

“It is an absolute shame that they are not well prepared at all. It's a scenario that could have happened in the event of a no-deal. & # 39;

47-year-old Andik Jozsef from Csokonyavisonta in Hungary is more than 1.6 km from the queue in Dover

Driver Andik Jozsef told Ms. Bernadett, 46, son Daniel (pictured together), 22, and daughter Kristof, 15, that he would not be coming home for Christmas

Andik Jozsef (left), 47, from Csokonyavisonta, Hungary, is more than a mile from the queue in Dover. He told Mrs. Bernadett (46), son Daniel (right) (22) and daughter Kristof (15) that he would not be home for Christmas

Ivo Ivic, 57, transports chemicals used in foam building from Runcorn in Cheshire to Slovenia

Ivo Ivic had planned a Christmas dinner with wife Ankica (56), son Jure (37) and daughter Sama (pictured together) (38) at home in Vrhnika (Slovenia)

57-year-old Ivo Ivic (left), who transports chemicals for foam construction from Runcorn in Cheshire to Slovenia, had been looking forward to spending tomorrow with his grandchildren, Timotes, aged eight and two, Lucian. He had planned a Christmas dinner with wife Ankica (right), 56, son Jure, 37, and daughter Sama, 38, at home in Vrhnika, Slovenia

Truck driver Doma Dumitru, 41, was hoping to spend tomorrow

Doma Dumitru had hoped to be at home in Romania tomorrow with his wife Alina (40) and their 12-year-old daughter Daria Maria (picture together)

Truck driver Doma Dumitru (left), 41, had hoped to spend tomorrow with his wife Alina, 40, and their 12-year-old daughter Daria Maria (right together) at home in Oradea in northwestern Romania. He has been stuck in Dover since Monday after France closed its border with Great Britain after the emergence of the new highly infectious strain of coronavirus

Truck drivers stranded in Kent report heartbreak at missing Christmas

Truck drivers who have been stranded in Kent for the past three days told MailOnline today of their grief that they missed Christmas Day with their families in the ongoing border chaos.

Thousands of drivers from countries such as Hungary, Slovenia and Romania are likely to spend Christmas in the UK after the government announced that the lines outside Dover will not move for at least another 24 hours.

Truck driver Doma Dumitru (41) had hoped to spend tomorrow with his wife Alina (40) and their 12-year-old daughter Daria Maria at home in Oradea in northwestern Romania. He has been stuck in Dover since Monday after France closed its border with Great Britain after the emergence of the new highly infectious strain of coronavirus.

Mr Dumitru said, “Usually at Christmas time I am with all of my family, my wife, daughter, mother, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, but this year I will be trapped here in England.

“It's not good, not good at all, but those are the dangers of the job. I don't want to sleep here in my truck for a fourth night, but there is nothing I can do. I miss my wife and daughter, I've talked to them on the phone, but it's not the same.

“There is no way I will reach Romania on Christmas Day, I have already warned you about it. They know this can happen at my work, but it's still very difficult to be away from them at this time of year.

Andik Jozsef, 47, from Rinvauilak, Hungary, is more than a mile from the line in Dover. He told Mrs. Bernadett (46), son Daniel (22) and daughter Kristof (15) that he would not come home for Christmas.

Mr Jozsef, who transports steel to Hungary from a factory in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, said: There is no chance I will see my family, there are 6,000 vehicles to be tested and it is Christmas Eve.

“The tests are going very slowly, I thought it would be faster, so I'll be in my truck on Christmas Day, there's no doubt about that.

“I want to spend the festivities with my wife, son and daughter in the comfort of my home, not here on a cold street with other trucks honking their horns over and over again.

"I think it's France's fault – they are deliberately awkward because of the Brexit negotiations with the UK, but it's us who have to pay the price."

57-year-old Ivo Ivic, who transports chemicals for foam construction from Runcorn in Cheshire to Slovenia, was looking forward to spending tomorrow with his grandchildren Timotes aged eight and two-year-old Lucian.

He had planned a Christmas dinner with his wife Ankica (56), son Jure (37) and daughter Sama (38) at home in Vrhnika (Slovenia).

But shaking his head, Mr Ivic said: “I definitely won't be able to see you until Christmas is over. Instead, I'll still be here in my truck, just a little closer to the port the way things are going.

“I was hoping my grandchildren would open their presents, but it just won't happen. Christmas is a time to be with your family, but I'll be alone this year. Hopefully I can get to France as soon as possible and get home before the new year. & # 39;

The trucker named John Christmas admits that he'll likely be spending the festive season at a truck stop

The unfortunate trucker John Christmas has admitted that he will likely spend the festive season in his truck parked at a rest stop.

The aptly named Romanian driver won't make it home on Christmas Day as he can't make it to Dover due to traffic problems.

It currently stands at the Manston roundabout, 18 miles from the harbor.

The unfortunate trucker John Christmas has admitted that he will likely spend the festive season in his truck parked at a rest stop

The unfortunate trucker John Christmas has admitted that he will likely spend the festive season in his truck parked at a rest stop

Mr Christmas is transporting water from Dover to Birmingham but was unable to get near the port due to traffic congestion as thousands of other drivers are trying to reach France for home.

He told Kent Live, “I'm going to be spending Christmas in my trailer, whether it's on the side of the road or in a parking lot in Birmingham, it's inevitable now.

“I don't need a COVID test. I've waited for hours but they won't let me go

“I just have to go to Dover to drop my truck and pick up another one, but I can't go there.

"After that I have to go back to Birmingham and then back to Romania."

Truck drivers stranded in Kent report heartbreak at missing Christmas

Truck drivers who have been stranded in Kent for the past three days told MailOnline today of their grief that they missed Christmas Day with their families in the ongoing border chaos.

Thousands of drivers from countries such as Hungary, Slovenia and Romania are likely to spend Christmas in the UK after the government announced that the lines outside Dover will not move for at least another 24 hours.

Truck driver Doma Dumitru (41) had hoped to spend tomorrow with his wife Alina (40) and their 12-year-old daughter Daria Maria at home in Oradea in northwestern Romania. He has been stuck in Dover since Monday after France closed its border with Great Britain after the emergence of the new highly infectious strain of coronavirus.

Mr Dumitru said, “Usually at Christmas time I am with all of my family, my wife, daughter, mother, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, but this year I will be trapped here in England.

“It's not good, not good at all, but those are the dangers of the job. I don't want to sleep here in my truck for a fourth night, but there is nothing I can do. I miss my wife and daughter, I've talked to them on the phone, but it's not the same.

“There is no way I will reach Romania on Christmas Day, I have already warned you about it. They know this can happen at my work, but it's still very difficult to be away from them at this time of year.

Andik Jozsef, 47, from Rinvauilak, Hungary, is more than a mile from the line in Dover. He told Mrs. Bernadett (46), son Daniel (22) and daughter Kristof (15) that he would not come home for Christmas.

Mr Jozsef, who transports steel to Hungary from a factory in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, said: There is no chance I will see my family, there are 6,000 vehicles to be tested and it is Christmas Eve.

“The tests are going very slowly, I thought it would be faster, so I'll be in my truck on Christmas Day, there's no doubt about that.

“I want to spend the festivities with my wife, son and daughter in the comfort of my home, not here on a cold street with other trucks honking their horns over and over again.

"I think it's France's fault – they are deliberately awkward because of the Brexit negotiations with the UK, but it's us who have to pay the price."

57-year-old Ivo Ivic, who transports chemicals for foam construction from Runcorn in Cheshire to Slovenia, was looking forward to spending tomorrow with his grandchildren Timotes aged eight and two-year-old Lucian.

He had planned a Christmas dinner with his wife Ankica (56), son Jure (37) and daughter Sama (38) at home in Vrhnika (Slovenia).

But shaking his head, Mr Ivic said: “I definitely won't be able to see you until Christmas is over. Instead, I'll still be here in my truck, just a little closer to the port the way things are going.

“I was hoping my grandchildren would open their presents, but it just won't happen. Christmas is a time to be with your family, but I'll be alone this year. Hopefully I can get to France as soon as possible and get home before the new year. & # 39;

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