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21st April 2015 - Press Release

Assessment of new A20 traffic management measures - what to expect

New traffic management measures are currently being assessed on the A20 on its approach to the Port of Dover. They are being used to regulate the flow of traffic on the A20 when the Port is especially busy and reduce the likelihood of queuing traffic forming on the A20 through Dover. Ultimately, the assessment is being undertaken in order to find a solution to address the impact that the growing economy is having on the Port's customers and the local community.

A week into the assessment and following an implementation of the measures at the weekend, the Port thought it would be helpful to set out some further explanation as to what to expect when heading to Dover on the A20.

 

How it works

At busy times, if the Port of Dover is nearing capacity for check in, its operations staff will initiate new traffic lights on the A20 just outside of Dover to hold freight and/or tourist vehicles whilst space becomes available within the Port to accommodate them.  The traffic is then released in batches to match the space available and therefore keep local traffic and Dover moving.

There is currently a 40mph speed limit from the Western Heights roundabout through Dover and this has been extended to Roundhill Tunnel at Folkestone in order to promote safety for the duration of the assessment. 

The traffic signals will be in use in periods roughly three days per week and incorporate a vehicle number plate recognition system so that only freight vehicles that have been through the signals are accepted by the Port.

Cars, light vehicles and coaches heading for Dover Town Centre will still be able to use the A20.  Lane 2 is available exclusively for their use when the traffic signals are in operation, or they can use the B2011.

Local freight vehicles do not have to go through the A20 signals if that would not be their natural route.  Freight vehicles that have passed through the signals and are parking at MOTIS in the Western Docks do not then have to go back through the signals before heading to the ferry terminal.  These will be given a date stamped card.

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

“We will continue to work closely with our partners in order to address any teething issues and deliver the long term solution that is required for our customers and community.”

The Port would like to thank its customers and community for their patience and understanding whilst the assessment is carried out.

ENDS

Issued by Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 (ext. 4410 from 8.30 – 17.00)

 

Notes to Editors

  • The Port handles 13 million passengers, 2.4 million freight vehicles and £100 billion of UK/Economy trade.
  • The Port supports 22,000 jobs, many of which are in the local community.
  • It has a shared vision to protect and enhance short and long term port capacity for the nation whilst delivering the catalyst for the regeneration of Dover.
  • All freight customers are advised to use the M20 & A20 route towards the Port.
  • All tourist customers are advised to use the M2 & A2 route when possible towards the Port.

 

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