France has been accused of “ruining the start of the summer escape” after port chiefs in Dover declared a critical incident and warned of queues of more than four hours to clear immigrants.
With reports of traffic jams already forming on roads leading to the port of Kent, bosses have launched a scathing attack on French border officials.
Doug Bannister, chief executive of the port, told Sky News: “This is because of French immigration controls.
“This is causing great disruption. French border controls are not adequately staffed.”
He added: “I would consider postponing the port route at this time until more is known.”
“It’s really hard to get into town this morning.”
In a statement on its website, the port said the number of police officers to process arrivals from the UK was “grossly inadequate”.