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10th August 2015 - Press Release

Port of Dover and its ferry partners deliver one million passengers in five weeks

In the period of just five weeks and despite the ongoing challenges in Calais the Port of Dover, together with its ferry partners, facilitated a journey of one million passengers out of the UK. With over 200,000 cars and 6,000 coaches, the Port of Dover was able to send one million holidaymakers on their way to the Continent between 29th June to the 4th August.

Tim Godden, General Manager of Strategy and Risk Management, Port of Dover, said:

“The team at the Port of Dover has been working incredibly hard to deliver our customers to mainland Europe by making sure families make that all important summer break.  Amidst an extremely challenging backdrop, the Port has stayed open for business throughout and played its part to keep the traffic, Dover and the UK economy moving.” 

The Port and its ferry customers have been delivering the most reliable shortest-sea crossing as Eurotunnel suffered frequent disruption to its services during the period. As a result, the Port was able to maximise available capacity for the additional traffic, whilst maintaining a first class service.

The Port of Dover, together with sister ports in France, handles £100 billion of UK/European trade each year and represents a principal trade route between the UK and mainland Europe.          


Notes to Editor

  • The Port handles 13 million passengers, 2.5 million freight vehicles and £100 billion of UK/European 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.


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