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8th July 2014 - Press Release

Tour de France sees Port put on Tour de Force



Resilient Port of Dover put on its own yellow jersey yesterday as the number one cross-Channel port helped the Tour de France on its way from the UK to France whilst at the same time leading stranded Eurotunnel passengers across the Channel.

Anticipating high volumes of Tour traffic as the world’s cycling spectacle reached the end of the UK leg and headed to Dover, the Port worked closely with Tour sponsor P&O Ferries to ensure that the 1,000 vehicle Tour convoy got to France on time to start the next stage.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “After all the excitement of the UK leg of this top quality global sporting event, what better way to mark the end of the UK section than with an efficient and high quality ferry service from the reliable Port of Dover and the backdrop of the famous White Cliffs.”

Meanwhile, the Port, supported by all three major ferry customers, did the double and assisted hundreds of additional customers who had been caught up in long delays when the Channel Tunnel suffered a power fault, causing a Eurotunnel train to block the Tunnel.

Mr Waggott added: “To be successful, to be the best, you need a great support team around and that is exactly what we have at Team Dover.  A wonderful team effort to keep a global sporting event on track and keep UK plc running all at the same time.  A tour de force giving customers their Tour de France.” 

ENDS

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

 

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