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Long queues, strikes and bad weather scupper start of UK summer holidays

NewsLong queues, strikes and bad weather scupper start of UK summer holidays

Brits looking to enjoy the first days weekend of the summer holidays have been left facing long queues and rail strikes. 

Queues at the Port of Dover stretch 90 minutes on Saturday as thousands flocked to the port to begin their summer break. 

It comes as members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) stage more walkouts, leaving some areas with no services all day. 

Coinciding with an estimated 5.6 million leisure trips expected over the weekend, the first days of the school summer holidays were thrown into chaos. 

Despite the queues, the Port of Dover said traffic was moving “according to plan” and assured customers if they missed their ferry they would be put on the next available one. 

P&O Ferries also updated passengers of Border Control queues and urged them to allow extra time to clear security checks.

Earlier this week the Port of Dover warned customers to allow “plenty of time” for their journey to “ensure they have the best start to their holidays this summer”.

Rail workers have walked out this weekend over the dispute over pay, jobs and conditions causing reduced services at 14 train companies. 

Meanwhile, the weather is set to be unsettled across the weekend with heavy rain for some, according to the Met Office.

It will feel “disappointingly cool for most” with temperatures around 13C.

The Met Office said the first two weeks of the summer holidays look to be a washout with the possibility of the weather becoming more settled in the second week of August.

It comes as Europe grapples with record-breaking heat amid the long-standing heatwave hitting the continent.

Temperatures in some areas have reached highs of 45C. 

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