Environmental activists block access to port of Dover

Additional delivery delays to be expected? Environmental activists blocked access to the Dover ferry port on Friday morning, causing disruption around this important maritime gateway to southern England for trade with the European Union.

The Insulate Britain group, which has already blocked the London ring road several times in recent days, is calling for better insulation of housing in the United Kingdom in order to fight against climate change.

Traffic resumes “slowly”

He said in a statement that more than 40 demonstrators had blocked the A20 motorway near the first British cross-Channel port, facing France. Kent Police have confirmed “a demonstration causing traffic disruption in Dover” along the A20 motorway. In a statement, she said she had made 17 arrests and cleared two of the three places where traffic was blocked, adding to try to “reduce delays”.

At midday, the port authorities said on Twitter that traffic entering and leaving the port had resumed “slowly”, asking travelers to allow more time for their journey.

“We are sorry for the disruption we cause. This seems to be the only way to keep the issue of isolation on the agenda and to draw attention to the fact that poorly insulated housing leads to poor health, misery and premature death for thousands of people ” , a spokesperson for Insulate Britain said in a statement.

COP26 scheduled for early November in Scotland

Despite the threat of tougher penalties, Insulate Britain has said it will continue its actions until the government commits to funding the insulation of all social housing by 2025 and submits a program to modernize all housing by 2030.

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Adding to a series of Extinction Rebellion protests in recent weeks, these actions come in the run-up to the COP26 climate conference scheduled for early November in Scotland, for which significant police resources are planned.

Lack of truck drivers

This action comes in a turbulent context in the United Kingdom, faced with fuel supply problems but also in supermarkets, due to a lack of truck drivers.

The images of closed petrol pumps and motorists lining up to refuel for fear of running out of petrol provided a shocking illustration of the supply difficulties suffered by the British as a result of Covid-19 and Brexit .

“We favor deliveries to motorway areas, major highways and the most heavily used sites and seek to minimize the duration of stockouts,” said a spokesperson for the British group BP. According to a source close to the company, the number of gas stations affected by shortages is of the order of a few dozen.

Of around 1,200 service stations managed by BP, “five had to close” Thursday, Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Sky News, stressing that “no other retailer” has reported a closure.

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