Truckers brace for Christmas on UK motorway

A message for Santa Claus.
Thousands of truck drivers are stranded in the south of England, giving up hope of getting home in time for the holidays.
France closed its borders with the UK for 48 hours and stranded angry European truckers after a new highly infectious strain of the coronavirus frightened the UK's continental neighbors.
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Carlos is from Spain.
"Conditions are chaotic at the moment. We were hoping to be back with our families. But as you can see, they threw us here and no one did anything for us. So it looks like we're doing it. " spend it here on this highway with our colleagues. "
With little food and no access to toilets.
The tensions have subsided.
Paris and London agreed late Tuesday (December 22) that drivers with a negative COVID-19 test result could board ferries to Calais.
And while the military has started testing drivers, it takes time to clear the backlog.
Which means that many will spend Christmas Day in their trucks.
Video transcript
- A message for Santa Claus. Thousands of truck drivers are stranded in the south of England, giving up hope of getting home in time for the holidays. France closed its borders with the UK for 48 hours and stranded angry European truckers after a new highly infectious strain of the coronavirus frightened the UK's continental neighbors. Carlos is from Spain.
CARLOS: [SPANISH SPANISH]
Interpreter: The conditions are chaotic at the moment. We had hoped to be with our families again. But as you can see, they threw us here and no one did anything for us. So it looks like we're spending it here with our colleagues on this highway.
CARLOS: [SPANISH SPANISH]
- With little food and no access to toilets, tensions have increased. Paris and London agreed late Tuesday that drivers with a negative COVID-19 test result could board ferries to Calais. And while the military has started testing drivers, it takes time to clear the backlog, which means many will spend Christmas Day in their trucks.

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