Long Delays at Dover for Liverpool Fans Heading to Paris

Long lines are forming at the Port of Dover for Liverpool fans traveling to the Champions League final.

Thousands of fans flocked to the Kent port to board boats to France in preparation for Saturday’s encounter in Paris.

Some fans are moaning about “chaos” as they wait in enormous lines with families on their way to the half-term vacations.

Because substantial delays were predicted, the port encouraged visitors to “bring ample supplies, including food and drink.”

In Saturday’s match at the Stade de France, Liverpool will face Real Madrid, who have won the Champions League 13 times.

According to local officials, up to 70,000 supporters are anticipated to travel to France to see the game.

On Twitter, Liam Devlin, who was among those queued in the port, wrote: “The Port of Dover is in complete mayhem.

“It takes roughly three hours to pass past the gates and board any ship, which is double the time they recommend.

“There is no organization at all. Shambles.”

Another supporter wrote: “Three hours in a Dover line after driving down on little sleep is similar to childbirth anguish. We’re glad we arrived a day early.”

Customers may expect “up to three-hour delays at port security and check-in,” according to Irish Ferries.

Suleman Qureshi, 31, of Peterborough, who is traveling with a party of 20 people, said: “As predicted, the lines at Dover are absurd. The reds have seized control.”

“We anticipated that and budgeted for an extra three hours,” he said.

“Everyone is in a happy mood, and everyone is best buddies.”

According to P&O Ferries, traffic on Jubilee Way, a major route leading to the port, was “at a halt,” with “additional waits on the A20 on the approach to Dover.”

Passengers who miss their sailings will be permitted to go on the next available trip, according to the company, which expects traffic to remain “high.”

“We are aware of our great clients queuing in the port,” another operator, DFDS, stated on Twitter. We’ll fit you in on the next available flight.”

“It was a truly huge drive, 10 hours, no sleep, but what a laugh it’ll be,” said Gary Stone, 47, a landscaper from Woolton.

“There will be a carnival atmosphere; no one does it better than the Reds; we have the finest fans in the world.”

Supporters going to Paris are also congested at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

On Friday and Saturday, the airport has added 34 more flights to transport nearly 9,000 fans to Paris directly from the airport, with 13 flights going on Friday and 21 flights departing on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, a fan zone will be set up in the city’s south-east on Cours de Vincennes, around 10 kilometers (6.2 meters) from the stadium.

Flares are illegal in the fan zone, which has a capacity of up to 44,000 fans and is open from early afternoon until the end of the match, according to police in Paris.

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