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4th February 2015 - Press Release

A20 junction improvements postponed to ensure right traffic solution for Dover

The Port of Dover and its partners have been dealing with large volumes of traffic as a result of record demand for ferry services through the Port, linked to growth in the UK economy.

The Port is acutely aware of the pressure such volumes of UK and European trade place on a road network shared with the local community, particularly when combined with challenging operational factors such as the recent fire at the Channel Tunnel or adverse weather.  As such, much work has been going on in terms of providing additional resource to proactively manage the day to day traffic issues.

The Port is accelerating work to deliver an additional 4km of freight vehicle holding space within the Port through the Traffic Management Improvement project.  Eurotunnel is also working on creating additional freight lanes to hold a further 290 freight vehicles.

Exciting times are ahead for Dover through the Port’s key Dover Western Docks Revival project and other Dover regeneration projects, such as the St James development (which also requires the removal of Burlington House), being led by Dover District Council (DDC). 

With such a variety of major projects underway or on the horizon, it is important that the impact of traffic flows from these and other developments are fully understood in order that Dover receives the right long term traffic solution.

Factoring in the further impact of Government imposed exit checks for every passenger leaving the UK through international gateways such as the Port of Dover from 1 April 2015, the Port and DDC have recently been working hard to review such impacts on the A20 in Dover over the coming months and particularly the peak summer period.

Such work has led to serious consideration about the appropriateness of commencing the A20 junction improvement works in April 2015 as previously planned.

As a result, both partners have today agreed to postpone the junction improvements so that further traffic assessment work can be carried out to ensure that the regeneration of Dover is supported by the best traffic solution on the A20.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, says:

“We are delighted that Dover District Council has accepted our proposal that the commencement of A20 Junction Works is postponed whilst we review the wider needs case for our shared vision for Dover.”

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, says:

“We are pleased to see all agencies working together to achieve solutions in response to the current pressures on the road network.  This matter was raised again today during Prime Minister’s Questions.  Any solutions need to be sustainable to both improve management of traffic to and from the Port, and to meet the day-to-day needs of town traffic.  Local businesses, residents and visitors need to be assured that these matters are addressed once and for all.  To this end, we have agreed the A20 junction works should be postponed until the autumn and the outcome of the review ordered by the Roads Minister, and further assessments are carried out.”

ENDS

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