Dover has now been transformed. New overpasses and the relaxation of customs and immigration checks following the European Union have made delays a thing of the past and you can travel from ferry to motorway in just a few minutes.
But while Dover has improved out of all recognition, Calais has deteriorated. On the past two occasions I've passed through the French port, I've been held in a passport queue for half an hour. I suspected that French immigration officials were engaged in some sort of work-to-rule, due to threatened redundancies caused by the Channel tunnel.
However P & O European Ferries says I was just unlucky to be caught up in rare spot checks. I would be interested to hear if readers have also been unlucky.
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