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Dover Fights to Avoid More Mayhem as Trains Add to Travel Woes

  • Officials confident a repeat of ferry chaos will be averted
  • Attention shifts to roads and railways as Aslef drivers strike
Travelers wait between vehicles at the Port of Dover in Dover, UK, on July 22. 

Travelers wait between vehicles at the Port of Dover in Dover, UK, on July 22. 

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Long lines of traffic are expected to clog Britain’s roads this weekend -- but maybe not on the way to Dover, scene of a travel meltdown seven days ago that saw travelers stuck in eight-hour backups.

The ferry port insists that it has a grip on the situation, while the operator of Channel Tunnel shuttle trains, which also became embroiled in the mayhem, says the logjams resulted from unfortunate coincidences that won’t be repeated.