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17th October 2014 - Press Release

Minister sees positive vision of the future alongside world class Port of Dover operation



The team at the Port of Dover was delighted to welcome Minister of State for Transport, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP, for a tour of the Port and discussions on how the UK's busiest port is undergoing major development whilst delivering record volumes of freight traffic as the economy continues to grow.

The Minister visited Port Control, the nerve centre that ensures safe vessel movements at the Port, as well as Terminal Control, which controls all landside activity. He also observed the ongoing refurbishment of Berth 2, part of an ongoing major programme of berth refurbishment and renewal, and saw how the ongoing Traffic Management Improvement project at Dover is already transforming the Port to deliver a better customer experience for the 13 million passengers who already choose Dover as their gateway to and from the UK.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover said:

“It was a real privilege to host the Minister in our fabulous port. We were greatly encouraged that he clearly saw the benefits of our vision for the future to the Port, to Dover and the UK.

“He also recognised that alongside the positive recent developments of the community fund and progress on the appointment of community directors, the team was continuing to deliver a first class operational performance, essential for the economic prosperity of the nation. We look forward to welcoming him back to Dover in the near future.”

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Notes to Editors

  • There is a vessel movement every 10 minutes at the Port of Dover.
  • The Port handles around 10,000 freight vehicles a day, which equates to a queue of traffic 160km long.
  • The Port is responsible for handling £89 billion of trade, 13 million passengers and 4.8 million vehicles each year.

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