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24th April 2015 - Press Release

Ongoing transformation of the Port of Dover keeps the UK economy moving



Customers travelling through the Port of Dover will now have a new experience when they arrive to Europe's busiest ferry port, thanks to the demolition of the Outward Vehicle Deck (OVD) as part of the transformational multi-million pound Traffic Management Improvement (TMI) project.

The familiar route into the Port is closing in readiness for demolition, representing a key point in the TMI project that is transforming Eastern Docks ferry terminal.

The OVD will be close at 11:30hrs on Friday (24 April) with traffic being moved to the ground route, which will be suitably signposted.

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

“Whilst we keep Dover, the Port and the UK economy moving, we are also working hard to ensure that the Port will have additional capacity to handle growing freight volumes. This is why we made a conscious decision to expedite the works and put extra resources to enable earlier completion.  Our customers, port users and the community will see the re-routing of traffic flows, new variable messaging services and lane control ­within the Port, thereby reducing congestion on the external road network.”

TMI is part of an £85 million upgrade programme focused on the Eastern Docks, which is being delivered at the same time the Port has recently committed to investing up to £120 million in phase one of the Dover Western Docks Revival project. Together, such investments are transforming the Port for the benefit of its customers and community.

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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.
  • Further details on TMI can be found at http://www.doverport.co.uk/about/port-development/   

 

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