I don't know whether anyone else has ever mentioned this before, but has anyone, travelling by car, ever missed their cross Channel ferry booking at Calais due to delays at the French and UK Border Controls? Twice recently, I have arrived at the port well within the latest P&O time for me to check in for my sailing to Dover at P&O's check in booth, only to find a long queue of cars waiting at the single lane open at the Border Controls.
I have no complaint with either the French and UK Border officials. They were working as normal, but the sheer volume of cars meant that everyone was queuing up to get into the port. I was lucky both times, as I managed to check in with P&O a few minutes before they had to close the bookings for the ferry, on which I had a reservation. In one case, I was the second to last car to board the ferry, but there were still a lot of cars behind me in the queue and there must have been some people who missed their sailing time. I spoke to the P&O staff on board at the Information Desk and they confirmed that car drivers do miss their sailing times due to this kind of delay.
I realise that border controls are necessary, but it really is inconsiderate. I was crossing over to the UK just for the day and so time for me was crucial. I cannot believe that, when queues are beginning to form close to the latest check in time, they can't be a little more flexible and open up another lane, which would easily solve the problem. The last time that I was there, I could see several UK Border Officials standing around looking like they were doing nothing in the distance.
Anyway, I am just curious if anyone else has experienced this problem or, in deed, missed the boat due to it! (Moan over for the day!)