IT’S official. The infamous Gibraltar border queues are being deliberately created by Spain, according to new statistical proof.
The recently launched Frontier Monitoring Programme records the number of cars that cross from the Rock to La Linea in one minute.
The flow rate should technically remain constant, irrespective of the number of cars waiting to cross.
However, data collected on a single day this week shows a massive drop from 7.8 cars entering Spain per minute at 2pm, to 1.5 per minute at 6pm.
Just one hour later at 3pm, the flow rate had slowed down to 2.9 cars per minute, which is when the queues started to build up. By 6pm it was 1.5 cars coinciding with people leaving work-places to return home.
But by 7pm, the rate increased dramatically back to 12.7 per minute. Acting Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia commented: “The drop in cars crossing the border from 12.7 cars per minute to 1.5 is undeniable proof of the way in which delays are being generated.
“The flow rate is clearly deliberately reduced by the authorities, waiting times of three hours are intolerable in an internal border of the European Union.
“The brunt of this hardship is borne by EU nationals, thousands of whom live in Spain but work in Gibraltar. Needless to say, residents of Gibraltar and tourists are also being affected.”
The news comes as the ‘dustbowl’ car park next to the border in La Linea, used by tourists and workers crossing over to Gibraltar, appears to have been suddenly closed down.
Run by the unemployed people in the town, who charge between one and two euros, the car park is always busy.
However, reports yesterday suggested that diggers had begun working on the site, despite the fact many cars were still parked there.