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30th September 2014 - Press Release

Dover Harbour Board's biggest ever investment in Dover starts now



A momentous day for the future of the Port and the fulfilment of a promise to deliver for Dover, today Dover Harbour Board has agreed to move forward on the first substantial phase of works to transform the Port through its Dover Western Docks Revival project.

Representing an initial and major part of the biggest single investment that will have ever been made by the Board in Dover and its port, tenders are being invited for construction companies to get involved in one of the most exciting development opportunities in the region.

George Jenkins OBE, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board, said:

“Today’s positive decision is a bold one that demonstrates the Board’s commitment to deliver for Dover.  It is far sighted and reflects the shared vision that has been created by the Port, together with its customers and community to create long term prosperity for Dover and for the nation.”

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

“I am absolutely thrilled by this decision.  It represents a further investment of up to £120 million in Dover and the employment prospects of current and future generations of local people over the next few years.  The message today is that we are 100% for Dover, we are putting our money where our mouth is and we very much hope that this will give others the confidence to do the same.

“The studies have been done and the conversations have been had with our customers, with our community and with our staff.  Now it is time for action.  Now it is time to deliver for Dover.”

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

Notes to Editors

  • Further details about Dover Western Docks Revival can be found here http://www.doverport.co.uk/about/port-development/
  • 600 new jobs for Dover and another 140 safeguarded
  • New cargo terminal and port centric distribution facility
  • Long term port capacity protected
  • Transformation of the waterfront with potential creation of new marina

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